George F. Bixby Chaves County, New Mexico

George F. Bixby, a contractor of Roswell, whose building operations have been of direct and substantial benefit in the improvement of his city, came to the Territory in June, 1893. He was born in Vermont and in early life learned the carpenter's trade, which for a number of years he followed as a journeyman. Even after his removal to New Mexico he continued to work at carpentering in the employ of others, but in 1896 began contracting and building on his own account. In that year he formed a partnership with Frank H. Pearce under the firm style of Pearce & Bixby with office on Richardson between 1st and 2nd streets at present, and shop at No. 313 Main street. Roswell. In November, 1905, he purchased his partner's interest and has since been alone in business with a patronage that has connected him with leading building operations in his county. His first contract was for the erection of the L. K. McGaffey residence. The New Mexico Military Institute was erected by the firm together with other important structures. Recently Mr. Bixby has completed the Goodin building, and has now a planing mill in process of construction. In 1904 he built the American National Bank Building and the Bixby Building. In recent years the buildings have become of more substantial character and the excellence of his workmanship and his thorough reliability in trade relations are matters well known to the general public. He is now building the new Walker Hotel and doing about $20,000 worth of improvements on the Garst property; also Costa Block on Alain street, and in fact is doing more building this year then any time before.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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