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Pixler, James M. 1822 - 1906


Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 10/21/2003 at 15:18:22

James M. Pixler 1822-1906

James M. Pixler was born Jan. 25, 1822 at Geneva, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania and died at his home in Grand Meadow township, Clayton county, Iowa, Feb 2, 1906, of the infirmities incident to age.

He was the eldest of a family of eight children, two of whom survive him, John Pixler of Postville, Iowa, and Minerva Walters, of Highhouse, Penn. At an early age he had to go out to work to support his father's family, who then lived in Smithfield, Penn.

On March 24, 1846, he was married to Eliza Fry at Smithfield, Penn. His wife survives him, and is prostrated with grief and loneliness. Eight children were born to them, one son and seven daughters. Three daughters have preceded him to the home beyond and the other children were at his bedside when he passed away; George W., who resides on a farm about a mile from his father's farm; Melissa J, and Elizabeth E., who have always lived with their parents; Mrs. J. W. Brownmiller and Mrs. R. Larkin, both of Cherokee, Iowa. His second youngest daughter died about thirteen years ago and left two little sons, Verne and Harold Brewer, whom he reared, and who were with him at the time of his death. He had fifteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, one little grandson, Lester C., died over two years ago.

In 1850, he and his wife and one child, in company with his wife's people, emigrated to Iowa, coming to McGregor by steamboat, and settled on a farm in Farmersburg township. Three years later he moved on the farm where he and his faithful wife, who has shared his joys and sorrows for nearly sixty years have since resided, enduring the hardships and enjoying the rewards of their toil and industry together.

He was converted and united with the Baptist church at Smithfield at the age of twenty-one, and all his life he was interested in the advancement of the Redeemer's Kingdom and an advocate of every reform for the betterment of mankind. At the beginning of the brief sickness before his death he told his wife his days were nearing a close. He has gone to the rest that remains to the people of God. A kind husband, loving father and obliging neighbor has gone from us.

The funeral was held from the residence Monday, Feb. 5, 1906, at 10:30 a.m., and despite the severe cold weather a large number of friends and neighbors were in attendance and followed the remains to their last resting place in the Postville cemetery. Rev. W. W. Robinson of the Postville M. E. church preached a very consoling and uplifting sermon from Cor. 5:1. The Quartet from Postville furnished the music.

Postville Review 2/9/1906
Courtesy of Bill Waters

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