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Arcola Township Biographies from the History of Douglas County, 1884

L. G. DIXON, farmer and ditcher, was born January 13, 1840, in Coles County, Ill. His parents were Nathaniel and Elizabeth Dixon, Virginians, who settled in Coles County in 1832. The father was Captain in a company during the Black Hawk war. His death occurred in 1848. The mother died in 1865. Both were born in the year 1800. These parents had thirteen children, eleven of whom lived to mature years. The mother lived to see them all married. Three sons were in the Union army, all of whom returned. The oldest was in Andersonville Prison fourteen months. He receives a pension for disabilities contracted while there. Our subject began for himself at the age of twenty. He was married in 1861 to Nancy Vandeventer, of Ohio. They came to Douglas County in 1869. They have been residents of the county ever since, living in Areola the past six yeas. He was in the grocery trade about two years, and with that exception has been engaged in farming. His principal work during the fall has been ditching, than which there is no more useful or important work in Central Illinois. He assisted in sinking the principal ditches for several miles around, and has ditched about ten miles the past season. He has just contracted to dig a ditch four miles long in Bowdre Township. He farmed on a large scale several years since, in one season raising 10,000 bushels. He is counted among the respected, responsible, well-to-do citizens of the county. He has held the office of Assessor five terms, and that of Constable three years, which is evidence of the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow-townsmen. To Mr. and Mrs. Dixon were born three children - Oliver L., Lillie M. and William F. Oliver L. died at the age of fourteen months, and Lillie M. at the age of two and a half years. William F. makes his home with his parents. Both parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Dixon is a member of the Masonic order, also of the I.O.O.F. Politically, he is a Democrat. [Source: History of Douglas County, 1884 - Sent in by M. Maxwell and transcribed by K. Torp]


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