Joseph Dixon


Joseph Dixon, a prosperous and successful agriculturist of Hanover township, owns and operates one hundred and forty acres of valuable land on section 12, and in it cultivation has met with gratifying and well deserved success. He is a native of this state, born in Winneshiek county in 1861, his parents being William J. And Celia Dixon, natives of Ireland. They came to America at an early date and settled in Massachusetts where their marriage occurred. In 1858 they settled in Winneshiek county, Iowa, and there remained until 1869 when they moved to Allamakee county, where the father died in 1913 at the age of ninety-eight years. The mother passed away in August, 1878, at the ago of sixty-one years.

Joseph Dixon acquired his education in the district schools of Allamakee county and remained at home until he was twenty-two years of age. He then turned his attention to railroad construction work and followed this line of activity until 1898 when he entered the shops of the Union Pacific system. In 1901 he made an entire change in his active interest, turning his attention to agricultural pursuits in which he has engaged successfully since that time. He owns one hundred and forty acres on section 12, Hanover township, and upon this fine property follows general farming and stock-raising, success steadily rewarding his earnest, straightforward and persistent labor.

In 1898 Mr. Dixon was united in marriage to Miss Anastacia Fitzgerald, who was born in Allamakee county, a daughter of Peter and Catherine Fitzgerald natives of Ireland and early settlers in this part of Iowa. Both have passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon have six children: Celia C., born in 1899; Marie born in 1900; Joseph F., 1901; Alice, 1905; William, 1907; and James A., 1912.

Politically, Mr. Dixon is affiliated with the democratic party and his religious views are in accord with the doctrines of the Roman Catholic church. He is an upright man, interested not only in the financial but also in the moral standing of the community, and has gained the confidence and respect of his neighbors both as a substantial farmer and a useful citizen.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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