Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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W. S. Traxson

W. S. TRAXSON, one of the foremost farmers living in Canada township, Labette county, Kansas, has been a resident of the county since 1882. He was born in England, in 1846, and at the age of thirteen years, went to sea, and was a sailor for four years. He was afterward a miner for two years, and next served on the London police force, for five years. When Mr. Traxson was twenty-seven years old, he came to America, landing at Galveston, Texas. He then located at Bryan, Texas, where he followed the occupation of a farmer for two years. After two years' residence in Dallas, he located, in 1876, at Graham, Texas, where he was engaged in farming and stock raising for six years.

Mr. Traxson moved to Labette county, Kansas, in the fall of 1882, and after spending a short time in Oswego, settled in Canada township, on the northeast quarter of section 18. This has been his home ever since has made extensive improvements in the place. He built a large frame house of ten rooms, in 1898, and his farm is one of finest in the county. Mr. Traxson is a conscientious worker and takes great pride in making his home attractive, and raising the highest grade of products.

The subject hereof has two brothers and two sisters living, whose names are as follows: George, Moses, Elizabeth, and Mary. Moses is in this country and the others live in England. Mr. Traxson was united in marriage with Elizabeth Mapes, who was born in Norfolk, England, in 1848. They have reared eight children, namely: William, who is a farmer in Canada township; Ernest, deceased; John and Fred, who are at home; Elizabeth, deceased; Agnes; Rose; and George.

Mr. Traxson is a member of the Populist party. He has served one term as treasurer of Canada township, and was for some time on the school board. He belongs to the Anti-Horsethief Association, Valeda Camp, No. 150. Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist church.