Written by Susan Mayberry LeSueur
Esker was born a twin in Temple, Texas October 25, 1901. The twin brother died shortly after birth. Esker was child #8 of 12. Esker’s family nickname was Beck. Esker’s father, Carter Andrew Barnett Mayberry, was a share crop farmer and took good care of his horses and mules and farming equipment. He insisted on using leather tugs rather than chains because he didn’t want the chains rubbing against his mule’s legs. One season he moved to Joplin, Arkansas to farm, but didn’t stay because he said there were too many rocks in Arkansas which were a stress on the mule’s shoulders. Esker followed his father’s example in taking care of his belongings.