|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1861|
|Death: ||Jul. 2, 1943|
1st wife: married Dec. 22, 1885 in Cottage Church, Iowa Falls, Hardin Co., IA: children: Louis Edwin + Mamie Lucile; 2nd wife: married Feb. 2, 1899; 3rd wife: married Oct. 31, 1926 Matilda Primrose
From the 1911 book Past and Present of Hardin County Iowa, pp. 550-552:
Oren L. Axtell
Conspicuous among the experienced farmers and successful live stock men of Ellis township is the gentleman under whose name this sketch is written. An enterprising man who has done much to promote the material growth and prosperity of the section of the country in which he resides and a public-spirited citizen who, while laboring for his own interests, is mindful of the interests of his neighbors and friends, his life has been influential for good, and it is with no little satisfaction that the following brief outline of his career is accorded a place in these pages.
Oren L. Axtell is a native of Hardin county, Iowa, born on the farm in Ellis township which he now owns, January 27, 1861. He first saw the light of day in the little log cabin which served as the parental home for a number of years, and he spent his childhood and youth amid an environment which, while not altogether pleasing, was calculated to arouse what was best in his mind and keep him from associations which too often develop and foster evil habits and start young lads on the downward grade. His father, Sylvester Axtell, was a plain, hard-working man of good repute, whose influence was always salutary, and his mother combined those estimable qualities of mind and heart so essential to true womanhood and motherhood. Blessed with such excellent parentage, Oren Axtell grew up with proper conceptions of the duties and responsibilities of life, and he became something more than a mere passive agent among his fellows. At the proper age he entered the district schools, where he acquired a fair knowledge of the usual course of study and during the spring and summer months assisted his father in cultivating the farm.
Mr. Axtell took kindly to agriculture and decided to make it the work of his life. To encourage him in this resolution, his father gave him every advantage within his power, and when the youth was approaching the age of young manhood the interest of one became the interest of both. In brief, the father made him a partner and they cultivated the farm with a mutual interest until 1902, when the subject bought the homestead, paying the sum of sixty dollars per acre.
The Axtell farm consists of one hundred and sixty acres of fine land admirably situated for agricultural and live stock purposes. It lies on the north side of the South fork, about eight and one-half miles south of Iowa Falls, in the midst of an excelent [sp.] farming district, and in point of fertility it is not excelled by any like area of land in that part of Ellis township. Nearly half the pace is timber and pasture land, the rest being in a high state of cultivation and improved with substantial buildings, good fences and many modern conveniences, all of which bear testimony to the interest, industry and progressive spirit of the owner. Mr. Axtell has achieved considerable reputation as a breeder and raiser of fine live stock, in which branch of farming he has no superiors in his part of the county. He takes pride in his animals and has sold quite a number at fancy prices. His horses are of the best breeds for roadsters and draft; his cattle are of high grade blooded stock, and he has long been noted for the excellent strains of sheep and hogs which he raises and for which there is always a firm demand.
Mr. Axtell votes with the Republican party, but has never posed as a politician or office seeker. He has little taste for public life, being devoted to his home and family and finding his greatest satisfaction in attending to his own affairs. He served several years as president of the school board and proved a faithful and capable official. He is a friend of the school and of the church and encourages all other means for improving the minds and hearts of his fellow men. He is a member of the Cottage Methodist Protestant church, of which he has been a trustee ever since the present house of worship was erected, and he also served a number of years as superintendent of the Sunday school.
Mr. Axtell has been twice married, the first time in 1875, to Retta Thayer, of Ellis township, who bore him three children, and departed this life in 1898. The following are the names of the children: Alfred, Luie and Mamie, all living and at home. The second marriage was solemnized in 1899 with Laura Reep, of Hardin county, the union being without issue.
Thanks to Robert for update
Sylvester Axtell (1824 - 1913)
Catherine Clarinda Finch Axtell (1826 - 1900)
Laura Reep Axtell (1868 - 1924)
Loretta Maria Thayer Axtell (1862 - 1898)*
Alfred Levi Axtell (1889 - 1977)*
Louis Edwin Axtell (1891 - 1966)*
Mamie Lucile Axtell Forbis (1897 - 1966)*
Phoebe Caroline Axtell Hall (1853 - 1930)*
Cora Ermina Axtell Thayer (1855 - 1930)*
Mary Elizabeth Axtell Thayer (1856 - 1944)*
William Sylvester Axtell (1858 - 1935)*
Oren Lincoln Axtell (1861 - 1943)
Hattie Clarinda Axtell Caine (1863 - 1952)*
Created by: Deb Bernard
Record added: Feb 10, 2008
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