During the last three-fourths of his life, Johnie Baxter constructed over 20 homes for use by his own family or for others. He began when he first moved off the farm at age 26 building a little frame house near Corning, Arkansas, and ended his home building career when he was over 83 years old and living in Granville/Mark, Illinois.
From about 1946 until 1954 he and his father and brother ran a saw mill, he hauled sand and gravel (holding the state operating license for the only gravel operation in the western half of Clay County), and did concrete construction in the Corning, Arkansas area. For about a five year period he contract built several houses for other families in the Naylor, Missouri area "for a living" while, also, farming "for relaxation" he claimed. After formally retiring in 1985 he took up custom cabinet making while living in Naylor and later in Granville. But he never felt the sense of accomplishment on those smaller projects like he did when building a house.
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5778 Brookway Drive
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27105-1429 USA