Biography of William R. Dixson

William R. Dixon, assistant postmaster at Morrow, has been connected with Uncle Sam’s mail department in one way or another for seventeen years and has always proved himself to be a trusted and capable man in these various capacities. He was born in Cedar County, Missouri, on September 10, 1850, being the son of William and Nancy (Privett) Dixon. The father was born in Indiana in 1832 and died in 1882. He was a soldier in the Civil war, being in Company C, Eighth Missouri Cavalry, under Colonel J. J. Gravley and Captain Conway. He was discharged for disability after a year’s service and reenlisted again as soon as he was able, it being just before the close of the war. The mother of our subject was born in Tennessee in 1825 and is still living. Her parents were of Irish extraction. Our subject received his education and grew to manhood in Missouri. When of age he left the home circle and went to farming for himself. In 1872, he went to Ft. Scott, Kansas, and thence to Walla Walla, landing in the latter place on August 18, 1873. He worked on a farm for two years and then drove the stage from Dayton to Walla Walla for four years and then from Dayton to Lewiston for the same period, having good wages all the time. After this long service, he bought a farm near Pomeroy and went to farming. Three years later, he spent a few months in Lewiston and then, in 1887, took his present place, just outside the reservation. Since that time he has paid attention to the farm and has a fine place today, having everything in tip top order and thrift is in evidence at every point. Mr. Dixon has handled a road house for stages and also has raised considerable stock in addition to the other occupations mentioned. On September 24, 1876. at Waitsburg. Washington. Mr. Dixon married Alice C. Rowan. Her father was a blacksmith. Her mother was born in Illinois, in 1826, and now lives in Waitsburg. Mrs. Dixon was born in Missouri, on October 2, 1854, and has one brother and two sisters; Lucretia Denny, Lauena McHargue, Joseph R. Cox, Mr. Dixon has two brothers, Andrew, on the Cottonwood, and Henry M. in Pomeroy, Washington. One child has been born to this union, Frankie Evans, living south of Lewiston on the Snake River. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon are devout members of the Christian Church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. He was elected justice of the peace at the last election but refused to qualify. Mr. Dixon is a member of the school board and has always done much for the advancement of school interests. Mr. Dixon has a fine eleven room house and good barn and his place is a model. It is of interest as reminiscence that in 1878, when he was on the stage from Dayton to Lewiston, he was held up and robbed by highwaymen.

Source: An Illustrated History of North Idaho: Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho; Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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