|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1849|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1927|
THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF OREGON 1811-1912
C.0. BAXTER. A valuable ranch of one hundred and five acres, located six miles from McMinnville. engages the entire attention of C.O. Baxter, who has wrought extensive improvements in the place during the period of his ownership. He was born in Green county, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1849, and is a son of John and Harriet (Spencer) Baxter, both natives of Ohio. In his early manhood John Baxter went from his native state to Wisconsin and later to Missouri, where he met the lady who subsequently became his wife, continuing to make his home in that state until 1861. In that year he, together with his wife and family, started to make the long, tiresome journey across the plains to Oregon, with a wagon and ox-team. Five months were spent en route and upon their arrival they located on a claim in Yamhill county, as farming had always engaged the energies of Mr. Baxter. There he continued to reside until his demise in 1908, at the venerable age of ninety-eight years. The mother, who was eighty-seven when she passed away, survived until 1910. Of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Baxter there were born fourteen children, of whom five died in infancy. Those who lived to attain maturity are as follows: Spencer, who is living in Dayton: Isabelle, the wife of James Carter, of Dayton; Sarah, who is deceased: C.O., who is our subject; George, who is also a resident of Dayton; Ann, who married John Watson, of Dayton; Cynthia, the wife of Edward Hadway, a resident of Dayton: John, who is a farmer; and Joseph, who lives in Dayton.
C.O. Baxter, who was twelve years of age when he removed with his parents to Oregon, obtained his education in the common schools, which he attended until he was fourteen.
He then engaged in general farm work, continuing to follow this occupation until he was twenty-eight. During that time he not only became proficient in the tilling of the fields and care of the stock, but he accumulated sufficient capital to enable him to begin for himself. He first bought a place in Marion county, this state, which he operated for several years, meeting with very lucrative returns in his undertaking. He has always applied himself tirelessly and painstakingly to anything he has attempted, so intelligently directing his activities as to accomplish his purposes. About 1890 he bought his present homestead, which he has so thoroughly cultivated as to make it one of the very attractive ranches of the vicinity, Mr. Baxter always gives his personal supervision to everything connected with the operation of his land and the care of his stock, and naturally his fields yield abundant harvests annually. He is very practical yet progressive in his methods, always willing to lay aside the old for the new when assured of its superiority, but he is too conservative to adopt all the theories he hears advocated unless they appear to him feasible.
In addition to the fine property on which he is living he owns forty-five acres located elsewhere in this county, making his holdings aggregate one hundred and fifty acres.
About thirty-five years ago Mr. Baxter completed his arrangements for a home by his marriage to Miss Marian Scott, who died when they had been married about fourteen years. To them there were born two children: Herbert, who is living in Dayton, and Ella, the wife of Warner Mills, of Newberg, Oregon. He subsequently married Miss Anna Morgareidge.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Baxter hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Baxter gives his support to the policies and candidates of the republican party. He is one of the well known and highly esteemed pioneer settlers of Yamhill county, among whose residents he numbers many close friends.
John Baxter (1814 - 1906)
Harriett Spencer Baxter (1821 - 1908)
Annie Morgareidge Baxter (1872 - 1939)
John Herbert Baxter (1877 - 1926)*
Foreman Spencer Baxter (1840 - 1917)*
Isabelle Baxter Carter (1842 - 1930)*
Charles Owen Baxter (1849 - 1927)
George Henry Baxter (1854 - 1932)*
Cynthia Prudence Baxter Hadaway (1856 - 1920)*
John Wiseman Baxter (1860 - 1944)*
Joseph Grant Baxter (1866 - 1945)*
Created by: Sheri West
Record added: Jan 20, 2005
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