Name: Lynn Wallace WIXON
Given Name: Lynn Wallace
Change Date: 26 Apr 2003
Birth: 23 APR 1903 in Galesburg, Knox Co., IL
Death: 18 DEC 1978 in Milford, Iroquois Co., IL
Cremation: 20 DEC 1978 Danville, Vermilion Co., IL 3
Baptism: 13 NOV 1978 Watseka, Iroquois Co., IL
DSCR: 5'6", 160 lbs.
Education: Bradley University Sep 1922-Jun 1924 Peoria, Peoria Co., IL
Education: University of Illinois School of Engineering Sep 1921-Jun 1922 Champaign, Champaign Co., IL
Education: Alexis High School BET 1917 AND 1921 Alexis, Mercer Co., IL
Lynn Wixon, 75, of Milford died at his home at 6 a.m. Monday, December 18, 1978, following a long illness.
Born in Galesburg on April 23, 1903, he was the son of John and Nina Wallace Wixon. He was married in Monticello on March 20, 1926 to Dorothea Rush, who survives.
Survivors also include a son, John of Milford; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Dale of Helena, Montana, and Arlo of Houston, Texas; and one sister, Mrs. Dora Greenwood of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Wixon was a member of the United Methodist Church of Milford, Scottish Rites of the Danville Consistory, Milford Masonic Lodge, Hoopeston Moose Lodge and the Watseka Elks Lodge.
There was no visitation. Masonic Rites were conducted Tuesday night at the Barker Funeral Home in Milford.
Private family funeral services were held this afternoon (Wednesday) December 20 at the funeral home with Rev. Harold Flessner officiating. Cremation followed the service.
Education: University of Illinois Sep 1924-Feb 1925 Champaign, Champaign Co., IL
Residence: 1958 E. Lafayette Road 1930 Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ
Social Security Number: 319-14-0747
_SDATE: 1 JUL 1921 Champaign, Champaign Co., IL
Note: Army Reserve, R. O. T. C., Signal Corps at U of I.
Event: pancreatic cancer
Illness Nov-Dec 1978
Event: died of pancreatic cancer
Misc Milford, Iroquois Co., IL
Event: Name change
In the first class to graduate from Alexis High School.
Changed the spelling of surname by dropping the "s" while he was in college. Had something to do with numerical values.
Event: asked to fill out a War Manpower Commission form
Misc Alexis, Mercer Co., IL
IN MEMORY OF LYNN WALLACE WIXON 1903-1978 by Arlo Edmund Wixson
Lynn Wallace Wixon was born in Galesburg, Illinois on April 23, 1903 on a Thursday afternoon at 1:20 p.m. to Nina Etta Wallace Wixson and Walter John Wixson. Lynn changed the spelling of his last name to Wixon after he entered college. He was the oldest of four children, with a sister, Dora May Greenwood, and two brothers, Dale H. Wixson and Arlo E. Wixson who survived him.
He attended grade school and high school at Alexis, IL. His father, Walter, was a barber by trade and his mother was a talented, loving and excellent mother and homemaker.
As a boy, Lynn delivered papers, worked in his father's barber shop and pool hall. He was a Boy Scout, sang in the high school quartet and was in school plays, a member of the high school track team among other school activities.
In 1920 his family moved to the dairy farm on the edge of Alexis, and in his evenings, experimented with electricity. He later built a wireless transmitter and receiver, had a Federal license and call letters issued to him, and transmitted the International Morse Code.
He received post cards confirming the reception of his transmissions from as far as New York and New Jersey. He continued to study and work until he entered college to become an Electrical Engineer, and attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL and the University of Illinois at Urbana, IL
During his college days he played the banjo with a dance orchestra to help pay his way through school, and spent one summer in WI at a lake resort, playing dances at night.
Later he met Dorothea Rush while in college, who later became his wife.
While at the University of Illinois, he was on the wrestling team and studied under the famous wrestler and instructor, Paul Preen. At the same time Red Grange, called the galloping ghost, was making history for the Illini and the Big Ten Football Conference. Lynn also became a member of the Beta Sigma Mu fraternity while at Bradley University.
On March 20, 1926 Lynn Wixon and Dorothea Rush were married in the city of Champaign, IL and on May 7th, 1928 their only child, a son, John Phillip Wixon was born in Chicago, IL.
After college, Lynn worked for Western Electric Co., Chicago, IL as an Electrical engineer in their experimental department and was instrumental in the development of two historic events. The first being the supervising and coordinating of the installation for the first chain radio broadcast in the USA. This was introduced and program sponsored by the Dodge Motor Co. and known as the $60,000 Dodge program. This was followed by his being given the job of completing development of the first talking movies, called "Movietone". The first installation being in the Marlbo Theater in Chicago, IL and great publicity was given, as this was the beginning of the talking pictures of today.
After leaving Western Electric, Lynn spent time with a research lab in Joliet, IL where work was being done on transmitting pictures by electronic signals, and by 1930 they were able to transmit an outline of a picture of a man to Chicago. This was later to be TV but not as it is transmitted today on a cathode ray tube for viewing, but as viewed on a large circular disc with many holes in for light to show through, and turned rapidly in a circular rotation so the picture could be seen.
Then came the great depression and the Dust Bowl of the midwest. Farmers lost everything they had, and many moved to CA. Unemployment became worse till over a quarter of the nation's work force was out of work. Lynn was forced to move to seek employment and eventually ended in Rock Island, IL where he opened his own electronic and refrigeration service business. In the later 30's he moved to AZ and the mining business, then on to CA as the was changed our nation.
In CA, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft Co. as an engineer where they were building war planes to help arm our country for possible war which came sooner than was expected. Later as the war continued, he moved to IL and worked for the Sperry Co. on war contracts as an engineer until the war's end. Lynn then decided to become a farmer and began farming close to Alexis, where he was raised. Later he moved to the East side of the state of IL and began farming his wife's father's farm and continued until his retirement.
During Lynn's lifetime many useful and historical events took place, some of which he contributed to. Electricity became more available and was being run to the homes for lights, He wired our homes in Alexis, and also the dairy farm while still young, but with his knowledge of electricity. He also built the first AM band radio in Alexis, a Freshman Neutrodyne receiver with head phones and chemical batteries to power it. Later he used a receiver adapter with an old phonograph horn and made a loud speaker so all could set in the room and hear the programs together.
[leaving out historic milestones in general]
Some other historic events were the first transatlantic non-stop flight by Lindberg, the loss of the great German dirigible in Lakehurst, NJ and followed by the loss of the two American dirigibles, the Shenandoah and Macon. The invention of the laser beam, micro waves and those uses and in 1978 3 Americans crossed the Atlantic to France by a balloon non-stop. Thus 1978 is coming to a close as the passing of Lynn Wallace Wixon came on Dec. 18, 1978. He shall long be remembered by those who loved him.
A. E. Wixson
War Manpower Commission
Event: able to speak fair Spanish
Event: a pilot
Event: an amateur photographer
Event: employed by Gardner Governor Company
Misc Jun 1925-Mar 1926 Quincy, Adams Co., IL
Note: Sales Engineer. Spent 6 months training and then traveling.
Event: employed by Cown Electrical Contracting Company
Misc BET 1926 AND 1940
Event: employed by Lockheed Aircraft Corp.
Misc BET 1940 AND 1942 Burbank, CA
National Roster of Scientific and Specialized Personnell
Father: Walter John WIXON b: 1 AUG 1881 in Alexis, Mercer Co., IL
Mother: Nina Etta WALLACE b: 12 FEB 1883 in Alexis, Mercer Co., IL
Dorothea Louise RUSH b: 23 JUL 1906 in Iroquois Co., IL
20 MAR 1926
in Monticello, Piatt Co., IL
- Living WIXON
- Abbrev: Death Records
Title: Death Records
Page: Iroquois Co., IL
- Abbrev: obit unknown paper
Title: obit unknown paper
- Abbrev: Cremation Certificate
Title: Cremation Certificate