Died at Tyrone Thursday evening Aug. 10th 1897, Mr. John Baxter age 75 years 7 months and 7 days. Mr. Baxter was a native on North Carolina but moved with his parents when quite young to Middle Tennessee where he lived until 1849, when he came to Arkansas and cast his lot with the people of this section of the state. He lived the first two years within the present limits of Smith township.
In 1851 he married Miss Mary A. Culpepper with whom he lived a pleasant life until death separated him from her. Mr. Baxter was a well informed man as to the history of the country and as to current events. He was always a great reader. He was an industrious, a kind hearted and a generous man, but not a first class manager. He made money, but never understood the art of investing or keeping it. He leaves a wife and three children, Mrs. Wade Preston, S.I. and W.P. Baxter and many sorrowing friends, with whom the Herald sympathizes. His remains were intered at Bethlehem grave-yard Aug 20th. Peace to his ashes.
Submitted by Belinda (Brown) Winston
Source: Cleveland County Herald, 2 Sep 1897