Page 867-868, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


John W. Fox, a prominent farmer and stockman of Rock Creek township, is a native son of Butler county, born May 21, 1877. He is a son of George R. and Agnes (Livingston) Fox. The mother was a native of Illinois and a daughter of John Livingston. George R. Fox, the father, was a native of Ohio, and was a son of John W. Fox, who came from England. John W. Fox was a prosperous farmer in Ohio and frequently visited in Kansas after his son came here, and in the early days the old gentleman took great delight in buffalo hunting. He has killed buffalo on the plains west of Butler county.

George R. Fox, the father of the subject of this sketch, was a veteran of the Civil war, having served in the Twelfth Ohio cavalry, serving until the close of the war. In 1868 he came West and located in Butler county, filing on a claim two and one-half miles north of the present site of Douglass. He became a prosperous and extensive cattle man, and at the time of his death owned between 700 and 800 acres of land. He died in 1911, well known and highly respected. He was a Republican and was active in the interest and welfare of his party, and frequently held local offices of trust and responsibility, having served as clerk in Douglass township, and for a number of years was a member of the school board.

John W. Fox was one of a family of seven children. He was reared in Butler county and educated in the public schools. He graduated from the Walnut City District School and later was graduated from the Douglass High School. Soon after leaving school he engaged in the cattle business for himself and bought a farm. He has added to his original holdings from time to time until he is now one of the large land


owners of his neighborhood. He is considered one of the successful cattlemen of southern Butler county. He specializes in Aberdeen Angus cattle.

On December 8, 1904, Mr. Fox was united in marriage with Miss Robbie Parsons, a native of Tennessee, who came to Butler county, Kansas, with her mother after her father's death. To Mr. and Mrs. Fox has been born one child; Edith, born in 1907, and died in 1911. Mr. Fox is a Republican and a member of the Knight and Ladies of Security.

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