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George W. Baxter

Life Synopsis of George W. Baxter

In December of 1854 George W. Baxter was born in Iron County, Missouri. George became a sawmill employee working in the local thriving timber business and worked his way up to have his own saw mill. Along the way he married Margaret Harbensen and they had five children Walter, Ada, Elmer, Charlotte, Bertha, and John F. Baxter.

Around 1890, while John was still small, George and Margaret moved their family to the newer lumbering area in the Missouri hills near Thayer, Missouri (about 40 miles west of Doniphan near the Arkansas line). While there, their oldest daughter married a local boy and they established their new home in the Thayer area.

In a short time the family moved once again to the booming lumber town of Bridgeport, Arkansas, about 30 miles away. In 1900 the town's name was fittingly changed to Success. The town stretched from the Little Black River with steamboats hauling freight and passengers along the waterway (which connected it to the Mississippi River) eastward about a quarter of a mile to the new railway line connecting it to St. Louis to the north and southward to Texas. The thriving town had several banks, hotels, and grocery stores, and a big general merchandise store. George established his new sawmill on the bank of the river to better facilitate his shipments of lumber to distant markets.

Not long after arriving at Success, Margaret died and the George married Emma J. Stephens on October 23, 1901. This added three stepsons to the family: Bill, Josh, and Ambers Stephens. Then two more sons were born, Jim and Martin Van Buren. But, as is often the case, his original family never liked the new stepmother.

One day at their sawmill George was adjusting the saw while it was running, lost his balance, and fell into the saw cutting a gash in his head. John was still a young lad working at his father's mill that day. According to one eyewitness who remembered the event from when she was a small girl living there in Success, for several days George Baxter was a local curiosity going about town "normally" ... until the resulting infection killed him in his prime at the age of 50.

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George W. Baxter and family members
The full image of the only known photograph of George W. Baxter - possibly at his wedding to Emma Stephens. Left to right- Step son Willie Stephens, son-in-law Irvin Norris, George Baxter, and sons Walt Baxter and John F. Baxter.

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