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Dick, Charles A. "C.A."


Posted By: Janelle Martin (email)
Date: 4/8/2011 at 21:39:32

History of Hamilton County, Iowa, Vol. II, 1912, J.W. Lee, pp. 224-225.

The name of C. A. Dick is well known in business circles of Webster City and is a synonym in that community for honorable and upright methods and for an unblemished personal integrity. Mr. Dick is now the proprietor of a prosperous notion business located at No. 603 Second street, and his rapidly advancing success is the reward of well directed energy along useful lines. He was born in Coles county, Illinois, in i860, and has made this section of the state his home since that time. His parents were Solomon B. and Julian (Kearns) Dick. The father was a native of Kentucky, being born in that state in 1822. When he was five years old he moved with his parents to Illinois, where he married and resided for some time. In 1864 he established his residence in Hamilton County, Iowa, and was a representative and prosperous agriculturist of that section until he retired from active life and moved to Webster City, where he is now residing in the ninetieth year of his age. His wife passed away in 1895, when she was sixty-seven years old. They were the parents of eleven children: John; Mary, who is now deceased; Jacob; Martha; Rebecca; Rosetta, who has also passed away; Chester; Charles A., the subject of this sketch; Horton; William; and Oscar. Solomon B. Dick is a member of the Presbyterian church of Webster City and has been for many years active in religious circles.

C. A. Dick was educated in the schools of Hamilton county and his early youth was spent upon the farm. In 1882 he became identified with the hardware and implement business at Stanhope, Iowa, and was successfully engaged in commercial enterprises until 1889, when he moved to Webster City. For six years he operated a prosperous drug business under his name and did not abandon this occupation until 1902. In that year he started his present notion concern and has developed it along modern business lines since that time.

In 1888 Mr, Dick was united in marriage to Miss Cora E. Lane, a daughter of Richard Lane, of Hamilton county, who farmed in that section from 1867 until his death in 1884. Mr. Lane was a veteran of the Civil war and a prominent figure in the councils of the Grand Army of the Republic. To Mr. and Mrs. Dick have been born three children: Myrtle M., whose birth occurred in 1890; Jay, born in 1892; and Charles Harold, born in 1902. The family reside at No. 1305 Seneca street.

In his political affiliations Mr. Dick is a democrat, but his attention is absorbed by his growing business and he gives very little active attention to public affairs. He is a member of Elmo Lodge, No. 62, I. O. O. F., and is well known in the affairs of the Christian church of Webster City. His business career, like his private life, is marked by honorable activity in all its branches and by a thoroughly broad and intelligent liberality which is the distinguishing quality of his character.


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