July 11, 1855 – June 19, 1950
Minora Paxson was born in DuPage Twp, IL July 11, 1855 to Amos C Paxson and Elizabeth Kilmer Paxson. In 1868 her father sold his farmland in DuPage and moved his family to Lockport where he was appointed Postmaster and held that position for 4 years.
Minora began teaching in 1875 at Sycamore School and resigned this position to accept one in the grade school near her home in Lockport where she taught in the grammar and intermediate grades. After two years she moved to Bloomington, IL to teach there. Minora eventually returned to Lockport to care for her ailing mother.
After earning her chiropractic degree at D.D. Palmer’s Chiropractic School and Cure in 1900, Dr. Paxson is reputed to have been the first chiropractor to obtain a license under the Illinois Medical Practice Act, which regulated drugless healthcare providers. She then began her career as an educator at D.D. Palmer’s second chiropractic college, known as the Palmer Chiropractic School in Santa Barbara, Calif. Dr. Paxson then cofounded the American School of Chiropractic (ASC) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with the help of Palmer graduates Oakley Smith, D.C., and S.L. Langworthy, D.C., They also started the American School of Chiropractic and Natural Cure in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Then, with Drs. Langworthy and Smith, she co-authored the first chiropractic textbook, “Modernized Chiropractic,” in 1906. Dr. Paxson was also a lecturer on physiology and symptomatology.
In about 1907 she married a contractor from Chicago named George Hinchliff and as of the 1910 Census was living with him and his grown children in Chicago.
Around 1912 they moved to the Houston area of Texas. The town of Excelsior was on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway fifty miles northeast of Houston in northern Liberty County. The Excelsior post office was established in 1912; in June of that year the town plat was drawn up at the direction of Minora Paxson Hinchliff. A large number of tram lines traversed the surrounding heavy forests, and George Hinchliff operated a sawmill at Excelsior. The post office, however, was discontinued in 1917, and the community was abandoned.
Minora Paxson Hinchliff died on June 19, 1950 just shy of her 95th birthday.