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John K. Pixley
Born February 28, 1828


JOHN K. PIXLEY, cashier of the First National Bank of Wyoming; was born February 28, 1828, at Piermont, N.H.; he is the son of Dr. Alfred Pixley and Eliza L. Kimball; Dr. Pixley died at Enosburg, Vt., in 1863, and his widow still resides at the old homestead. John K. is one of a family of eight children, six of whom are now dead. His brother, Lieut. Charles H. Pixley, of the 1st Vt. V.C., was drowned in 1863 while heroically endeavoring to ford a stream in the discharge of his military duty. John K., the subject of this sketch, was married September 12, 1855, at Poultney, Vt., to Miss Sarah Augusta Hooker, daughter of S. P. Hooker, who is a descendant of Rev. Thomas Hooker, D.D., who was born in England in 1586, and was one of the founders of the Connecticut Colony; they have three children—Mary E., born May 7, 1860; Anna H., January 29, 1863, and Charles H., February 25, 1871. From the age of 16, when he left his father's home, he has been in constant employment; a portion of the time, he was general ticket agent and paymaster of the Troy & Boston Railroad; afterward, acted as teller of the bank at Poultney, Vt., and then as cashier of the First National Bank at Sandy Hill: N.Y., for four years; at the formation of the First National Bank of Wyoming, Iowa, in 1872, he came West and took charge of the same as cashier, which position he still occupies. Since 1355, he has been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; for twenty-five years, he has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; he is also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen; he has been an earnest, active Republican ever since the formation of the Republican party, but has never held a political office; he has been a member of the Board of Education in this city, and for several years has been on the Board of Trustees of Cornell College, at Mount Vernon, Iowa. Mr. Pixley is a man of strong convictions of duty, and adheres to his purposes, whether he win smiles or frowns; he is public-spirited, and seeks the development and prosperity of the city, both financially and morally; he is the friend and supporter of all causes which tend to the improvement of society; with a high sense of honor, a kind heart and a generous hand, he is valued as one of the reliable, substantial citizens of Wyoming. The First National Bank of Wyoming, of which he has been the only cashier, was organized January 26, 1812, by F. D. Hodgeman, of Fort Edward, N.Y., a prominent capitalist and philanthropist, and by Wallace T. Foote, a wealthy capitalist and iron-manufacturer, of Port Henry, N.Y.; they came West in 1871, and selected this city in which to locate a national bank. The present officers of the Bank are: President, Wallace T. Foote, Port Henry, N.Y.; Vice President, James A. Brunson, Wyoming, Iowa; Cashier, John K. Pixley, Wyoming, Iowa; Teller, George Gilbert, Jr., Wyoming, Iowa; Directors—W. T. Foote, Joseph E. King, James A. Brunson, J. B. Wherry, J. W. Wherry, Thomas Green, F. H. Foote and J. K. Pixley; capital, $60,000; Bank Attorney, W. J . Chamberlain, Wyoming, Iowa. One-half of the bank stock is owned by benevolent and Christian purposes, not in impulsive, random gifts, but according to an intelligent system of benevolence. Rev. Joseph E. King, D.D., a prominent educator of Fort Edward, N.Y., is also a heavy stockholder; so, also, is Hon, Wallace T. Foote, President of the Bank and one of the wealthiest capitalists of New York. The Bank is doing a safe and extensive business, and has high standing at home and in the commercial world.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 605.

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