Biography of William D. Axtell, Jr.
North Central Ohio Biographies

William D. Axtell, Jr. As proprietor of the Axtell Dairy Products Company, Mr. Axtell is recognized as one of the enterprising young business men of Mansfield. He was born at Stockton, N. J., July 31, 1893, the son of William D. and Laura (Bodine) Axtell.

William D. Axtell, deceased, was a native of Newark, N. J. He was a machinist by trade, and for many years served as superintendent of the Worthington Pump Company, of Harrison, N. J. He retired in 1921, and died three years later. He is buried at Stockton, N. J. Mr. Axtell was a member of the Baptist Church, and belonged to Belleville Lodge, F. & A. M., and Modern Woodmen of America. His widow lives at Mansfield and Stockton. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Axtell: Edward, who is cashier of the Sayreville National Bank, South River, N. J., is a World War veteran; and William D., the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of William D. Axtell was spent at Belleville, N. J., where he received his early education. He was graduated from Ohio State University in 1916 with the degree of Bachelor of Science and spent the following year in extension work at the University, where he specialized in the study of dairying. In 1918 Mr. Axtell enlisted for service in the World War and was sent to Camp Gordon, Ga., where he attended an officers' training school. The war ended before the course of study was completed by Mr. Axtell and he was discharged from the service in December, 1918, with the rank of first sergeant. He then resumed his extension work at Ohio State University, and in 1920 became identified with the Esmond Dairy Company at Sandusky, Ohio. The following year lie came to Mansfield as manager of the Dickson Creamery Company, and in 1923 went to Covington, Ky., as manager of the Co-operative Pure Milk Association. Mr. Axtell returned to Mansfield in 1924 and at that time purchased the interests of the Dickson Creamery Company, which thereafter was known as the Axtell Dairy Products Company. They are extensive dealers in dairy products and also manufacture ice cream of a high quality. Both wholesale and retail divisions are maintained by the company, which employs about five men. The present modern dairy plant was built by Mr. Axtell in 1927. It is located at 30 Distl Avenue.

In 1922 Mr. Axtell was united in marriage with Miss Norma Lancaster, the daughter of John and Mineola (Donnehauer) Lancaster, of Norristown, Pa. They now live at Belleville, N. J., where Mr. Lancaster is superintendent of the Eastwood Wire & Manufacturing Company. Mr. and Mrs. Axtell have one daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1923.

Mr. Axtell is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 35, York Chapter, R. A. M. Columbus, York Council, R. & S. M. M., Columbus, Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21, Mystic Club, and Acacia fraternity. He is also a member of American Legion, McVey Post No. 16.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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