A.L. Maxwell, Aged Eighty-Three
Years, Located in This Vicinity
Eighty Years Ago
Albert Leander Maxwell, one of the pioneers of this county,
passed another milestone in his life Friday, April 14, and as
we prize him as one of our grand old men, we print the following
biography of his life:
Soon after his leaving for the war, a baby daughter was born (ed note: Sarah Maxwell ca 1862) and before his return, the young mother had been claimed by death.
He spent about two years in Texas following the close of the war and busied himself at his trades--gunsmith and blacksmith work. In 1867 when he did return to Missouri, he made the trip on horseback. In 1868 he set up a blacksmith and carpenter shop in Mt. Hope which was then a village with five stores, a church, and about one quarter hundred population.
In 1872 he was married to Miss Harriette
Brown. To this union four children were born, one child and
the mother dying in Mt.Hope.
In 1881 the C & A railroad was built through the county, and as it didn't go through Mt. Hope, Mt. Hope came to it. This was literally true for the Hopewell church, now the Southern Presbyterian church of Odessa, the McChesney Hotel, now the Florence Hotel, and other buildings were moved intact. Mr. Maxwell and his family came with the others and the shop where he now labors daily despite his eighty-thee years, was built. His home was one of the very first houses built in this town though at the time of its building, it stood in the midst of waving wheat fields.
Eighty-three years! What changes can be wrought in a lifetime like that! What joys can be experienced or some of his reminiscenses can tell! His love of music and his love of God's creatures human and otherwise, his keen wit and his busy days--these are the things that make him 83 years young! But interwoven with the joy is the sorrow; out of a family of eleven children one sister, Mrs. Sallie Gordy is living to enjoy with him the autumn days. Not one boyhood friend is left--but a host of pleasant recollections. Here's to him--a grand old man! May he have more happy birthdays with happy days between.
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Nathaniel Carson Maxwell (son)
Authur Leonard Maxwell (son)
Albert Leander Maxwell (with Harriet Jane Brown)
Albert Leander Maxwell & Sarah Adeline Hayes
Martha Mae Maxwell (daughter)
Sara M. Baily (grandaughter)