Charles Rixon came to Minneapolis in 1873, employed as a carpenter.  He served as the clerk (secretary) of the School Board in 1890 (1893-94).  Rixon was a farmer, and sold his goods at the Central City Market, Stall 312, just down from where CB Waddell sold his wares.  He also taught at Pratt School.


Charles Rixon married Emily Baston, a former student of his.  Emily’s sister Sarah married CB Waddell.  The two families had houses next to each other on Excelsior Blvd.  Descendant Scott Coltrane heard that the Rixon house was ultimately brought to the swamp where Methodist Hospital is now and unceremoniously dumped.  The 1900 Census shows that the Rixons had eight servants:  one Bohemian female servant and the rest farm laborers.


Emily and Charles had three children, Alice, Martha, and Howard Searle Rixon.
Alice Elizabeth Rixon was one of two graduates of Lincoln High School, Class of 1902. In 1915 she taught school at Minnetonka Mills.  Alice married August Stumpf and they lived on a farm in Medina.  Alice’s cousin Ruth Waddell mentored Alice’s son George, who became the first in the family to attend college, financed by Ruth.


Martha married Arthur Anderson in 1915 and and they lived on Zarthan Ave. in St. Louis Park. The had a son, Burton (“Bud”) Rixon Anderson, and a daughter, Alice Ruth, named after Martha’s sister, Alice Rixon, and cousin, Ruth Waddell. (2nd husband Wylie?)


Rixon House