"John C. Alexander was born in Kentucky on January 16, 1852. He died in Memphis, Tenn., on October 8, 1920.
When a small boy his parents came to Missouri and settled in Neosho, and since that time he has made this his home. He attended the schools her during his early boyhood, later completing his education at Macon, Missouri.
Shortly after the Civil war, with his father, James E. Alexander, he founded the Alexander Plow Works later consolidated into the Neosho Foundry and Plow Works, of which company he has been the president since its incorporation.
His wife, Auria Alexander and three daughters, Mary A. Keily, Ruby Stewart and Sallie Brown, survive him.
When about 19 years of age he united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church and took an active part in church work. When the Neosho church was dissolved, he never reunited with any other denomination. While not demonstrative in his professions, Mr. Alexander was a profound Bible student, and by his every day life exemplified the qualities of a sincere Christian.
John Alexander was a rugged type of manhood - a product of the pioneer days of this section. Settling in Neosho when it was yet a small place, he has for more than fifty years, by his industry and public spirit contributed to its growth and prosperity. Never seeking preferment he yet filled many places of public trust and faithfully performed many public duties, his wise counsel being sought on all public matters.
He was a man inured to hard work, and he truly enjoyed working among 'his boys' at the shop, never shirking his part of a heavy burden. In his home life he was considerate, kind and affectionate. There could be no happier home life than his. When the day's work was done, he threw aside its cares, and enjoyed the companionship of his family and friends with the enthusiasm of a youth. No child was too young, no person too old to find pleasure in his society.
Simple in his tastes, tolerant in his opinions, generous in his impulses, always in a happy frame of mind, a legion of friends proclaimed him the most companionable of men. Those who knew him best loved him most. Never obtruding his views on others but firm in his convictions of right and justice, his life reflected the highest ideal of American citizenship.
Uncontentious, generous, companionable, affectionate, he did his part. No higher eulogy can be uttered."