Otero County, Colorado
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Ecton, Ackton and Akton.

First found in Cheshire, Shropshire, and Worcestershire, England where they held a family seat for centuries..

First settlers in US of this name included Benjamin Acton of Pennsylvania 1683; James Acton New England 1718; John Acton of Virginia 1642.

Motto: Valour advances the man.

One of the efficient officers of Otero county is Gay W. Ecton, who holds the position of sheriff. In the discharge of his duties he has always shown fidelity and faithfulness and while holding office has rid the county of most of its undesirable characters. He was born in Winchester, Clark county, Kentucky, May 1, 1870, his parents, being James and Susan (Poindexter) Ecton. The family removed from that state to Missouri. where the father successfully followed general agricultural pursuits. Both he and his wife have passed away. In their family were ten children, of whom our subject is the ninth in order of birth.

Gay W. Ecton was educated In rural schools, attending the same during the winter months, while in the summer he assisted his father in the cultivation of the home farm. The larger part of his education, however, was received in the school of experience. He remained on the farm until he was sixteen years of age, at which time the property was sold because of the death of the mother, and he then worked out by the month, so continuing for above five years. At the age of twenty-one he began farming independently in Kansas but subsequently came to Colorado, where he continued along the same line and also gave his attention tostock raising. He has been so engaged in Otero county ever since and has been successful in his farming enterprises. Following progressive methods and instituting the latest improvements and facilities, he has made his property one of the most valuable of the district, now deriving there from a most gratifying income.

On the 17th of March, 1897, Mr. Ecton was united in marriage to Miss Keziah Frost and to them have been born the following children: Vernon G., Claude, Katherine, Phillip, Paul and Robert. The family takes a prominent part in the social life of the community and the hospitality of the best homes is accorded them.

Mr. Ecton is a democrat and steadfastly upholds the principles of that party. He was elected a delegate to the county convention and his influence in local councils of his party is well established. Interested in the progress of his community, he is ever ready to support measures and movements for the moral, material and intellectual development of his county and state and is numbered among the public-spirited citizens of La Junta. He is chairman of the local draft board and fraternally is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Modern Woodmen of America, while his religious faith is that of the Protestant church. There is great credit due him for what he has achieved, as the prosperity which has come to him is the result of his own labors.

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