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The Leedey Star, Leedey, Oklahoma, Thursday May 17, 1944, Vol 32, No. 24, Page 1, Column 5

Ben Axton Killed In Wreck In California

Word was received here Saturday night of the death of Ben Axton, which occurred Saturday afternoon at Modesto, California.

He was killed in a head on collison when the motorbike he was riding hit a passenger car.

Mr. Axton was an early day settler of this community and lived here until a few years ago.

He is the father of of Mrs. Jack Coley and rival and Bill Axton of Leedey, and he has three daughters who reside in California.

Modesto Bee, Modesto, California, Monday, May 15, 1944, Page one.


Benjamin McGee Axton, 74, of Ceres, was killed instantly Saturday afternoon when he crashed his old type motorcycle into an automobile at Crows Landing Road and Monte Vista Avenue. He was on his way for a fishing trip when the accident occurred.

Crashed Head-on

According to a report of the highway patrol, Axton had just turned his cycle into the Crows Landing Road from Monte Vista when he crashed head on into an automobile operated by Ramona Hill of Crows Landing traveling north. The driver of the car was unhurt.

Axton was thrown from his cycle and was dead when picked up. His body was removed to the Shannon Chapel here, where funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. C. A. Collett officiating. Interment will be in Turlock Cemetery.

Axton, a retired farmer, had lived in Ceres for three years. He was a member of the IOOF of Leedey, Okla. He was the father of Jewell Lett, Ethel Emmons of Ceres, Bertie Axton of Monterey, L. Coley and Orval and William Axton of Leedey, Okla.

1937 Indian-Pioneer Interview of Ben Axton

The Leedey Times & Herald, Leedey, Oklahoma, Thursday, June 15, 1919, Vol 15, No. 47, Page 5, Column 1

Mrs. Ben Axton passed away at her home east of town Monday and was buried at the Trail cemetery Tuesday amidst a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her departure.