George Baxter Masten married Rosa Mae Salsman on May 23, 1925 in Gainesville.  They spent most of their life in Cooke County where they farmed, operated a café, and pursued other livelihoods, including ginning cotton and work at Tyler & Simpson wholesale grocery.  In 1950, they moved to California, where George worked at an Air Force Base and Rosa worked in a hospital.  They raised five children, Julia Masten Kendall, Georgia Masten Shoemaker, Mary Masten Gilbreath, Tom Masten, and Finis Masten.  All of the children attended Valley View School.  Today, Georgia and Mary both live in Wood County.  George and Rosa are buried in Sacramento, California.


Raleigh Lee Masten married Dollye Mae McFarlin on December 3, 1930 in Oklahoma.  They bought the Jeff Masten farm in Lois in1943 which they cultivated, and also expanded into a dairy farm.  Raleigh also managed the Lois Cotton Gin and Dollye worked at the Denton State School.  Their daughter, Bobbye Sue, died at age 6; they then raised two sons, Mike Masten and Tim Masten, both of whom attended Valley View School.  Today, Mike lives in Collin County and Tim lives in Denton County.  In 1965, Raleigh and Dollye sold the Masten farm – which had been in the family over 60 years - and moved to Denton.  They are buried in Valley View.


Della Virginia Masten married Lloyd Hayes on September 25, 1924.  Della grew up in Lois, but spent most of her adult life in Dallas and Gainesville, plus a few years in California where she married Frank Latham.  While in Dallas, she worked in food service.  Della raised two daughters, Virginia (Ginger) Hayes Read and Janet Hayes Huffman, both of which attended the Lois School.  Jan’s teacher was Miss Eula Stinson, who also had a distinguished teaching career at the Valley View School.  Today, Ginger lives in Kerr County, Texas and Jan lives in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.  Della is buried in Valley View.    




Mike Masten

December, 2007