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Rixman Family
 
Descendants of Heinrich & Maria (nee Schudmeier) Rixman
By : Patricia Graf Kelly

 

Heinrich "Henry" Rixman
Born in Hanover, Germany
&
Maria Schudmeier
Born in Hanover, Germany
There were five children born to Heinrich & Maria (nee Schudmeier) Rixman
Three are known, the other two may have died at an early age.

 
William H. Rixman
  • Born : October 28, 1866
  • Married : Anna Ten Eyck on October 28, 1899
          Anna was the daughter of John, a farmer, and M. Ten Eyck
          she was born January 20, 1879 and died February 5, 1968.
  • Died : December 2, 1950 in Irvington, Washington County, Illinois

  •  
    Fred D. Rixman
  • Born : November 27, 1869 in Illinois
  • Married : Frieda Muenter
  • Born : May 17, 1877 in Illinois
  • Died : June 10, 1945
  • Church : One of the first member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Hoyleton, Illinois.
  • Occupation : in 1910 was a telephone operator
  • 1920 - Became VP of telephone Company
  • Residence : in 1920 was Hoyleton, Washington County, Illinois
  • Died : October 6, 1947

  •  
    Christian Heinrich Gustav "Gus" Rixman
  • Born : April 15, 1880 in Hoyleton Township, Washington County, Illinois
  • Christening : May 2, 1880 by Rev. Louis Von Rogue
  • Married : Sophie Emelie Becker on December 25, 1901
  • Sophie Emelie Becker
    the daughter of Wilhelm Ernst & Wilhelmine Minnie (nee Hehner) Becker
    Born : September 6, 1879 in Nashville, Washington County, Illinois
    Christening : November 9, 1879 by Rev. Buchmueller
    Confirmation : March 26, 1893 by Rev. Schroedel
    Died : October 22, 1961
  • Occupation : Along with brothers, owned and operated a general store in Irvington, Illinois
  • Residences : Baylestown, Centralia and Hoyleton
  • Died : May 28, 1955 in Nashville, Washington County, Illinois
  • Burial : Masonic Cemetery, -Block 16, Lot 10A -, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois
  • Kown Child of Christian Heinrich Gustav "Gus" & Sophie Emelie Rixman
  • Maria Minna Azalia Rixman
    Born : July 29, 1902 in Irvington, Washington County, Illinois
    Church : Zion United Church of Christ in Hoyleton, Illinois.
    Christening : August 17, 1902 by Rev. Meier
    Confirmation : April 16, 1916 by Rev. Schroedel
    High School graduation : June 22, 1921, University High School, Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois
    Business School graduation : City Business College, Quincy, Illinois
    Died : October 23, 1982 in Hoyleton, Washington County, Illinois

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    Rixman Telephone Company
    In 1901 the village of Hoyleton granted H. William Rixmann and Henry F. Rixmann the right to build the first telephone line within the village limits.
     
    There were 5 brothers. They operated a general merchandise store in Irvington and in 1900 they started to build the first telephone system in Irvington known as Rixman Telephone Co. The first switchboard was installed on a platform located in the middle of the store. In a short time the telephone business started increasing and they began building to neighboring towns. They serve the following towns from the Hoyleton office: Irvington, Cravat, Walnut Hill, Richview, Beaucoup, Huegely, New Minden, Hoffman as well as rural subscribers. The business was incorporated in 1904.
     
    Three of the brothers were in the telephone business together for 49 years. Fred D. Rixman died in 1949. William H. Rixman dies in 1950. Gustav died in 1955.
     
    The Rixman Telephone Company merged with the Okaw Commercial Telephone Co. n 1956 that later was taken over by the Continental Telephone Co.

    Source : Washington County Illinois History, 1979 submitted by Azalia Rixman



     
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