Biography of John Dick
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JOHN DICK, landscape gardener, and Superintendent of Fern Cliff Cemetery, Springfield. John Dick, son of David C. and Jessie (Charles) Dick, was born Jan. 14, 1834, in Ayrshire, Scotland, near the birthplace of Robert Buns; he first attended school in the Kirkcudbright Academy, and received his professional education, that of landscape gardener, in the Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh, Scotland, under the tutorship of Prof. Balfour, Professor of Botany, and Prof. James McNab as Curator. Mr. Dick emgrated to America in 1854, and settled on Long Island, where he remained nine months, following his profession; from there he went to Philadelphia, Penn., and stayed two years, and from there to Cincinnati. In 1863, he was elected to his present position, being the first Superintendent of said cemetery; therefore, the beautiful appearance and convenient arrangement of the grounds are due to the artistic skill and good management of Mr. Dick. He was married, in July, 1863, to Catherine Fitzsimmons; of their four children, but two are now living, viz., James and Jessie; the eldest and youngest, Charles and Mary Ellen, have gone to the spirit land, aim, Oct. 17, 1879, their mother went to meet them in that beautiful home where sin and sorrow never enter. Mr. Dick is a member in good standing of Springfield Lodge, No. 33, also a patriarch of Mad River Encampment, No. 16, I. O. O. F.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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