Joseph Dixon, a prosperous and successful agriculturist of Hanover township, owns and operates one hundred and
forty acres of valuable land on section 12, and in its cultivation has met with gratifying, and well deserved success.
He is a native of this state, born in Winneshiek county in 1861, his parents being William 3. and Celia Dixon,
natives of Ireland. They came to America at an early date and settled in Massachusetts where their marriage occurred.
In 1858 they settled in Winneshiek county, Iowa, and there remained until 18® when they moved to Allamakee
county, where the father died in 1913 at the age of ninety eight years. The mother passed away in August, 1878,
at the age of sixty one years.
Joseph Dixon acquired his education in the district schools of Allamakee county and remained at home until he was
twenty two years of age. He then turned his attention to railroad construction work and followed this line of activity
until 1898 when he entered the shops of the Union Pacific system. In 1901 he made an entire change in his active
interests, turning his attention to agricultural pursuits in which he has engaged successfully since that time.
He owns one hundred and forty acres on section 12, Hanover township, and upon this fine property follows general
farming and stock raising, success steadily rewarding his earnest, straightforward and persistent labor.
In 1898 Mr. Dixon was united in marriage to Miss Anastacia Fitzgerald, who was born in Allamakee county, a daughter
of Peter and Catherine Fitzgerald, natives of Ireland and early settlers in this part of Iowa. Both have passed
away. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon have six chidlren: Celia C, born in 1899; Marie, born in 1900; Joseph F., 1901; Alice,
1905; William, 19o7; and James A., 1913.
Politically, Mr. Dixon is affiliated with the democratic party and his religious views are in accord with the doctrines
of the Roman Catholic church. He is an upright man, interested not only in the financial but also in the moral
standing of the community, and has gained the confidence and respect of his neighbors both as a substantial farmer
and a useful citizen.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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