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William Pixler

William Pixler has clearly demonstrated his energy and progressiveness in connection with the agricultural and live-stock industries in his native county and is the owner of one of the well-improved farms of Mendon township, where he is successfully prosecuting his operation in diversified agriculture and the raising of fine horses cattle and hogs. He has not faltered in loyalty to his native county and is contributing his quota to its civic and industrial prosperity; the while he has secure place in popular confidence and good will In the township of Mendon, Clayton county, Iowa.

William Pixler was born on the 24th of June, 1867, and he is a son of Amos and Sarah Ann (Markle) Pixler, the former of whom was born in the State of Indiana and the latter in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Coming to Clayton county in the pioneer period of its history, Amos Pixler purchased a tract of unimproved land in Mendon township and there he continued his activities as an enterprising farmer for the entire course of a long and successful career. He and his wife still maintain their home in Mendon township, where he is now living virtually retired in the merited enjoyment of the rewards of former years of earnest toil and endeavor and honored as one of the sterling pioneer citizens of the county, his political allegiance having always been given to the Republican party. Of the children Melinda, the first born died in childhood; George resides on his farm south of McGregor, this county; Marietta is deceased; William, of this sketch, was the next in order of birth; Eliza is the wife of David Shaw, a farmer of Clayton township; and Nathan is a successful representative of agricultural enterprise in Mendon township.

William Pixler did not neglect to make good use of the advantages afforded in the public schools of his native county and in the meanwhile he gained equally valuable discipline and experience in connection with the work of his father's farm. In beginning his activities as an independent agriculturist he rented a farm in his home township, and later purchased a place of eighty acres, this farm continuing to be his place of residence until he acquired his present homestead of eighty acres, Mendon township, where he has since continued his zealous and effective activities as an up to date agriculturist and stock-grower. He has found no reason to deviate from a course of strict allegiance to the Republican party, but he has had no desire to enter the arena of practical politics or to become a seeker of public office of any description, In a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World as a member of the camp at McGregor.

In October 1892, Mr. Pixler wedded Miss Gertrude Hayes, daughter of Addison and Melissa Hayes, of Clayton township, and the two children of this union are George and Orville, both of whom are now residents of the city of Rockford, Illinois. Mrs. Pixler was summoned to the life eternal in May, 1899 and on the 6th of July, 1900, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Pixler to Miss Ida Barnhouse, who likewise was born and reared in this county, where she made good use of the advantages of the public schools. She is a daughter of Philip and Mary (Brookner) Barnhouse, the former of whom was born and reared in Ohio and the latter near Calmar, Winneshiek county, Iowa, where her parents were pioneer settlers. Philip Barnhouse came to Clayton county in an early day and became one of the representative farmers and influential citizens of Farmersburg township, where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred February 18, 1890, his wife having passed away September 11, 1885. Mrs. Pixler was born on the old homestead farm of her father in Farmersburg township, and the date of her nativity was January 3, 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Pixler have five children namely: Albert ,Mae, Charles, Bertha and Ida, and the attractive family home is known for its cordial hospitality and good cheer.

~source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 329

~OCR scanned by S. Ferrall


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