Monday, September 4, 2017

J W Hixson



Photographer: J W Hixson
Traveling Artist

There appears to be at least three J. W. Hixsons in the right time frame, all born around 1860. Various documents place J. W. Hixson as a blacksmith, publisher, carpenter, farmer, bicycle repairman, mail carrier and photographer. And although some of them seem to connect, the profession of photographer occurs only twice. Worse, two of them had wives named Pearl. Their children’s names helped separate the John W. Hixsons in the records.

Since the cabinet card example here does not give a location, picking the correct Hixson is a bit speculative.
Following is the timeline of the best choice J. W. Hixson
1869
Birth in West Point, Indiana
1880
(US Census) age 11; living in Cedar, Iowa
1890
(US Census) age 21; marriage to Pearl E. Hood

1896
(US Census) son Birdie born in Oklahoma
1901-1905
(US Census) daughters Ethel E. and Laura M. born in Kansas
1908
(Arkansas City, KS, newspaper item)selling photographs in Newkirk, OK (See copy at right)
1910
(US Census) John W. Hixson, Newkirk, Oklahoma, photographer; Wife: Pearl
1915
(Des Moines, IA, city directory) John W. Hixson, Des Moines, IA, photographer; wife: None listed
1920
(US Census) as bicycle repairman in Center Grove, IA
1925
(Iowa State Census) in Des Moines, IA, with wife Pearl E. and daughter Thelma
1930
(US Census) as mail carrier in Center Grove, IA

1931
(Iowa death Reg.) death in Center Grove, Iowa

Although Hixson may have kept photography as a sideline while working as a bicycle repairman or mail carrier, it can only be documented he was mainly a photographer from 1910 to 1915.



Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

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