E[dwin]. A. BUXTON, D. V. S.,
mayor of the town of Vinton, Benton county, Iowa, was born in Fond du
Lac county, Wisconsin, May 20, 1861, son of E. A. and Lucy J.
(Scofield) Buxton. E. A. Buxton was one of the early residents of Fond
du Lac county, where he was engaged in farming for many years, but
subsequently moved to Stockbridge, that state, and died in 1902, at the
age of sixty-seven years; his widow still resides there.
Dr. E. A. Buxton, in his youth, had limited educational advantages. At
the age of seventeen he left home and went to Illinois, where he hired
out by the month at farm work, and was thus occupied for several years,
meanwhile becoming interested in stock to the extent that he decided to
prepare himself for the practice of veterinary surgery. From 1888 to
1890 he attended the Chicago Veterinary College, where he graduated
with honors. Then followed one year in which he practiced his
profession at Sycamore, Illinois, after which he came to Iowa and
settled at Vinton. Here he has conducted a successful practice and has
figured prominently in the affairs of the town, for the past eighteen
years being active in politics. After serving six years as a member of
the city council he was honored by election to the office of mayor, and
he is now filling his third term in that office. Also he is assistant
state veterinary, to which office he has been appointed by three
successive executives, Governors Shaw, Cummings and Carroll, and is now
in his fifth year in that office.
During the years of his successful practice here Dr. Buxton has
accumulated considerable property, his investments, however, being
chiefly in other states. He is the owner of two hundred and forty acres
in Minnesota, one hundred and sixty acres in South Dakota, and eighty
acres in Oklahoma. He resides with his family on South Main street.
Mrs. Buxton, formerly Miss Louisa M. Stark, is a daughter of H. M.
Stark, of Sycamore, Illinois, and a representative of one of the
pioneer families of that place. Doctor and Mrs. Buxton have two sons,
Howard and Henry, natives of Vinton and aged respectively, seven and
four years. Mrs. Buxton affiliates with the Methodist Episcopal church.
Fraternally the Doctor is identified with the Masonic Order, in which
for years he has been prominent and active, having filled the offices
of worshipful master of Vinton Lodge No. 62, and eminent commander of
Cypress. Also he is a Knight of Pythias.