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Fayette County, Iowa  

 History Directory

Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910

Author: G. Blessin


B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana


Vol. I, Biographical Sketches



~Page 1314~



"The present review briefly mentions the life of a man who has been for more than twenty years concerned in educational work, and for eighteen years of that time has been connected with Upper Iowa University. Not only is he a man prominent in the lines of his profession, but he is also active in business, and has shown especial merit in the conduct of such business affairs of the university as have fallen to his care. His career proves that one may be a scholar, and at the same time a man successful in commercial matters.


John William Dickman was born at Defiance, Defiance county, Ohio, on April 22, 1863 the son of William and Martha Ann (Schott) Dickman. His father was born in Wooster, Ohio, on January 29, 1837; his mother in Hamburg, Germany, on December 20, 1841. They later moved to Iowa from Ohio. Their son, John William, received his education at the public schools and at Upper Iowa University, from which institution he graduated in 1888. He has since taken post-graduate work at Columbia University, New York City.


Immediately upon his graduation from college he was elected a member of the faculty of his alma mater. From 1895 to 1898 he served as the superintendent of public schools of Sumner, Iowa. He now holds the chair of economics and social science in Upper Iowa University, and for nine years he has been vice-president of the institution, which position he still holds. For eight years he engaged in business in the sale of lumber and farming implements. His instruction is thorough in his courses, and evidences the fact that Professor Dickman has mastered the subjects which he teaches in such a way that he can readily impart knowledge to others in a manner to make a lasting impression. He is in truth a master of his work, and at the same time a student, ever keenly seeking new truth in his chosen field.


In politics Professor Dickman is a Republican, and has recently identified himself with the progressive wing of the party. He has held the office of county surveyor. In religious affiliations he is a member of the Methodist church. Professor Dickman was married on August 22, 1889, to Adella G. Maltbie, the daughter of Henry M. and Harriet S. (Delano) Maltbie, of Hinckley, Illinois. To this marriage the following children have been born: Paul William, John Milo and Lucile Marie.


Fraternally, Professor Dickman is a member of the Masons and of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is an active member of the American Political Science Association and of the American Economic Association.


Professor Dickman is a stockholder in the State Bank of Fayette, Iowa. For twenty years he has been the treasurer of the Alumni Association of Upper Iowa University, and almost wholly through his personal efforts has secured an endowment for the association now aggregating thirty-five thousand dollars. He has also materially assisted Mrs. Dickman, the president of the Ladies' Professorship Association of Upper Iowa University, in securing an endowment of twenty thousand dollars. Professor and Mrs. Dickman take their full part in the social and other activities of the college and the town of Fayette.


~transcribed for the Fayette Co IAGenWeb Project by Evie Lamb



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