Biography of Warren V. Hixson
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WARREN V. HIXSON.
Foremost among the men of Iowa county who have won success as stock breeders is Warren V. Hixson, who is widely known as a breeder of Clydesdale horses. He owns an excellent farm of three hundred and thirty five acres in Cono township and has prospered financially, many of his horses having won prizes at the Iowa State Fair.

Mr. Hixson was born in Athens, Ohio, on the 6th of November, 1862, a son of Isaiah and Mary (Carter) Hixson. They were the parents of four sons and a daughter, all of whom have passed away save our subject. The mother died in 1869 and the father subsequently married Mrs. Holpeter, who also preceded him in death. For his third wife he chose Eliza Bryson. His demise occurred in 1909. In 1868 he removed with his family to Iowa county and settled in Cono township on a farm. He concentrated his energies largely on buying and shipping cattle and hogs and gained a good income from his activities along those lines.

Warren V. Hixson came to this county with his parents when but six years of age and received his education in the public schools of Cono township. Through assisting his father he early learned much concerning stock and, believing that stock breeding would be a very profitable occupation, he decided to follow it. He gives his greatest attention to breeding full blooded Clydesdale horses and for seven years he has taken premiums at the Iowa State Fair on his horses, while for six years he has taken championships. In 1901 he exhibited a number of horses at the International Horse Show in Chicago, Illinois, and took the leading prizes. His exhibit was highly praised by the press and won many encomiums from the horse world at large. He has led the winners from all states at Des Moines in the futurity class and in 1913 he exhibited a team of Clydesdale mares against eight competitive teams, representing all of the four draft breeds, and his team won the first prize. He was especially gratified by the award of the prize as the team is of his own breeding. He is a member of the State Draft Horse Breeders Association and is known among horse breeders in all parts of the country. He is an excellent business man and has gained financial independence as he manages well his financial affairs. At the demise of his father he inherited the homestead farm, which comprises three hundred and thirty five acres of excellent land and which is equipped with commodious and good buildings.

Mr. Hixson gives his allegiance to the republican party but has never had time to take an active part in political affairs. He has resided in Iowa county for more than fifty years and the high esteem in which he is held by those who have known him during practically his entire life is unassailable proof of his integrity and of his attractive personal qualities. There is no doubt that he has been instrumental in raising appreciably the standard of horses raised in Iowa county and his fellow citizens share his pride in his achievements as a stock breeder.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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