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Hexom, Charles Philip 1884 -


Posted By: Bill Waters (email)
Date: 2/23/2014 at 15:37:02


The name of Hexom has long been prominently connected with commercial interests of Decorah, and Charles Philip Hexom, partner in the firm of J. C. Hexom & Son, worthily carries onward the family tradition. Born in Decorah, Iowa, in December, 1884, he is a son of John C. and Julia (Swenson) Hexom, of whom more extended mention is made in another part of this work. Charles P. Hexom was reared amid the surroundings of a well-to-do home and received the advantages of a thorough education. He graduated in 1904, from the Decorah high school, and prior to this attended Luther College for three years. After his graduation he went to Chicago and attended the Chicago Art Institute for one year and also spent one term in the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts After this he returned to Decorah for a short time but then removed to Spokane, Washington, where for one year he was engaged in commercial art work. Returning home, he became a partner in his father's business, the firm name becoming J. C. Hexom & Son. He furnishes the youngest element in the firm. A young man of decided ability and pleasing address, he is popular with his patrons and the later success of the firm must to a large extent be ascribed to the able assistance he gives his father. Prior to going to Spokane Mr. Hexom also taught drawing for one year in the preparatory classes of his old school, the Luther College. He is now interested in commercial art in addition to his regular business.

On September 28, 1910, Mr. Hexom was united in marriage to Miss Clarissa D. Holm, a daughter of O. W. and Julia (Hoffos) Holm, natives of Norway, who came to Decorah at an early day in the history of this city. Mr. Holm is now in the employ of the Lutheran Publishing Company.

Public-spirited and progressive. Mr. Hexom has become an adherent of the progressive party, in the realization of the ideals of which he sees the fulfillment of a government for, by, and of the people. Religiously he is a Lutheran, being connected with the First Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran church, in the work of which and its allied societies he takes a warm interest. An indication of his recreation is given in the fact that he is a member of the Decorah Rod & Gun Club and the Decorah Gymnasium Club, believing in physical exercise in order to keep body and mind in condition for strenuous business duties. The family residence is at No. 606 East Main street, Decorah, and there Mr. and Mrs. Hexom are often the center of the younger social set of the city, in which they are popular.

Source: History of Winneshiek County, Iowa Vol. II Chicago the S. J. Clark publishing Company 1913


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