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Fayette County, Iowa
Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910
Author: G. Blessin
B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
Vol. I, Biographical Sketches
James Alexander Claxton
James Alexander Claxton, president of the State Bank at Fayette, was born in Oswego county, New York, in 1854. He is the scion of influential and sterling ancestors on both sides of the house, being the son of Isaac and Margaret (Holmes) Claxton. In 1864 his parents moved to Dunhamas Grove, Center Township, Fayette county, Iowa, where the father bought a farm of two hundred and eight acres, lying on the dividing line of Westfield township, and here, amid primitive conditions, he developed a fine farm and established a comfortable home, prospering by reason of arduous toil and good management; and here it was that James A. Claxton, his son, grew to sturdy manhood amid healthful outdoor environment, alternating farming in the summer months with schooling in the neighboring schools in the winter time. In that way he received a very serviceable education, but, being ambitious to enter the business world properly equipped, he took a commercial course in the Upper Iowa University, and two terms in the collegiate work of the same institution. After leaving the University he taught school for two terms, but not finding this line of endeavor exactly to his liking he returned to farming, which he then followed on his own account, owning a fine place of one hundred and twenty acres, managing the same in a very successful manner.
Besides his interests in the Bank of Fayette, Mr. Claxton is also interested in the bank at Randalia, Iowa. He and his wife are the parents of four interesting children, names as follows: Bessie, Robert, Forest and Bernice. The first named married Ralph Thompson and lives on the home place at Dunham's Grove. Robert took a four years' course in the Agricultural College at Ames, from which he graduated with a very creditable record in June, 1906, and for two years thereafter he managed a big stock farm near Toledo, Ohio. He is now in partnership with William McFadden, secretary of the Poland-China Record Association. He and Mr. McFadden have a large stock farm about twenty-five miles from Chicago. Robert married Sarah Harwood, the daughter of a prominent family.
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