Lee County Biography

S.S. Dodge


S. S. Dodge is now living retired in Dixon but for many years was a prominent representative of mercantile interests in this city, where he took up his abode in 1868. He was then a young man, his birth having occurred in Ohio, December 2, 1841, his parents being Almeron and Sarah (Baldwin) Dodge. In the year 1844 they removed westward to Illinois, settling at Roscoe. The father was a son of Seymour Dodge, who was born in New York but went to Ohio at an early day. After his arrival in Illinois Almeron Dodge carried on general agricultural pursuits and both he and his wife spent their last days in Roscoe. Reared in his father's home, S. S. Dodge pursued his education in the schools of Roscoe, passing through consecutive grades until he completed the high school course there. He was but nineteen years of age at the time of the outbreak of the Civil war. Soon after hostilities began he offered his services to the government, enlisting as a member of Company L, Eighth Illinois Cavalry. In the spring of 1862 he was wounded near Richmond and his injuries were so severe that he was honorably discharged and returned to his home. When he had sufficiently recovered Mr. Dodge went to Rockford, Illinois, and there learned the jeweler's trade which he followed at that place until 1868. He then came to Dixon and opened a jewelry store, of which he was the proprietor for a third of a century. Throughout the entire period he ranked as one of the leading and enterprising merchants of the city. Ever recognizing the fact that honesty is the best policy, he never deviated from a course which his judgment sanctioned as right between himself and his fellowmen and the integrity of his business methods was never questioned. As he prospered he extended his efforts into other fields, becoming one of the stockholders and directors of the Dixon National Bank many years ago, while for the past eight years or more he has been vice president, succeeding to that office upon the death of Mr. Cummins. On the 1st of July, 1873, Mr. Dodge was united in marriage to Miss Hattie E. Davis, of Dixon. She is a member of the Methodist church, while Mr. Dodge's membership relations are with the Masonic fraternity and the Grand Army of the Republic. He has attained high rank in the former and has been honored with many offices in different branches of the order, being past high priest of the chapter and past eminent commander of the commandery. He also attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite in the Freeport consistory and crossed the sands of the desert with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. His political indorsement is given to the republican party. He has lived to see the fulfillment of the hopes of his youth and early manhood. There have been no spectacular phases in his life history but there are various elements worthy of emulation. To know one's duty and do it, to deal faithfully and honorably with one's fellowmen, this is the life of an honorable man. Moreover, his record proves conclusively that success and an untarnished name may be won simultaneously. Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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