Feb. 16, 1876 Granville Summit Bradford County Pennsylvania, USA
Dec. 14, 1960 Wichita Sedgwick County Kansas, USA
Obituary: The Wichita Eagle December 15, 1960
George Adolphus Saxton, 84, of 285 S. Dellrose, founder of Old Mission Mausoleum, died Wednesday at Wesley Hospital.
Born in Granville Summit, Pennsylvania, February 16, 1876. Mr. Saxton came to Wichita in 1913. He attended Mansfield, Pennsylvania, Teachers College and received his B.A. degree in 1898. &He was active in baseball and football at the college.
On June 27, 1906, he married Nellie A. Johnson at LeRaysville, Bradford county, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Saxton died in February 1954.
Mr. Saxton was a superintendent of a number of small schools for 13 years in Pennsylvania and Nebraska.
About five years after coming to Wichita he exercised an option on the ground at 21st and Hillside. It was his vision and foresight which brought about the creation of Old Mission Mausoleum in 1918.
In 1918, he supervised planning for construction of the first of four mausoleum units. The first unit was built in 1920-1922, the second in 1928-29, the third in 1939-40 and the fourth and final unit during 1948-50.
Mr. Saxton's work was carried on by his employees after his retirement from active managerial duties about three years ago. He formed a corporation and gave his fellow workers shares so that his work might be carried on.
Under the guidance of Mr. Saxton, prominent Wichita attorneys and business leaders drew up a trust agreement for Old Mission Mausoleum. Under the trust, a fund was established for the permanent care of the four units comprising the mausoleum.
Old Mission Mausoleum, which was dedicated in 1954, has 56 private rooms and 2,288 crypts. Mr. Saxton was president of Old Mission Mausoleum.
He was active in civic work until his retirement about three years ago. He was a member of Kansas National Guard during the period of 1917-18.
He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, Wichita Rotary Club, Men's Dinner Club and Chamber of Commerce and a charter member of Bestor G. Brown Masonic Lodge. He received a 50-year Masonic pin in 1958.