Biography of Lincoln G. Dickey
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LINCOLN GRIFFITH DICKEY, manager of Cleveland's Auditorium, has been identified with publicity and public service work practically since he left college in 1908, and is now regarded as one of the leading men in his field of endeavor in the entire country. He is a native of Nebraska, and is descended from a family long prominent in the ministry and in educational work.

This branch of the Dickey family is of Scotch-Irish ancestry, descended from William Dickey, who came to America from the North of Ireland and settled on Prince Edward Island, at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. His son, the Rev. John Dickey, moved from that section of Canada to South Carolina and his son, Rev. Ninian Steel Dickey, was the Indiana settler, he having come North to that state, of which he was a pioneer minister of the Presbyterian Church. He was a circuit rider over a large section comprising Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois and Northern Kentucky. He married Sarah Jane Davis.

Rev. Dr. Solomon C. Dickey, son of Rev. Ninian S. and Jane (Davis) Dickey, was born in Columbus, Indiana, on June 24, 1858. He was graduated from Wabash College in 1881, and that college gave him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1897. He was ordained in the Presbyterian ministry in 1882, and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Auburn, Nebraska, later of several different churches in Indiana; also served for several years as superintendent of missions. In 1895 he and his associate founded the Winona Assembly and Summer School at Winona Lake, Indiana, to which great institution he devoted his time and energies for a quarter of a century, serving as its director, secretary and general manager up to the time of his death in 1920. He married, on June 1, 1882, Lizzie Augusta Reid, of Greenville, Illinois, the daughter of Col. John D. Reid, a soldier of the Civil war. She died in 1921.

Lincoln G. Dickey was born in Auburn, Nebraska, on September 16, 1884, the son of Rev. Dr. Solomon C. and Lizzie A. (Reid) Dickey. He was educated in the public and manual training high schools of Indianapolis, Indiana, and at Lake Forest College, Illinois, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1908. His first practical work in publicity matters was as assistant manager and program director under his father at Winona Lake Assembly, at which he continued for eight years. In the meantime, however, he took up Chautauqua work, and for five years he was general superintendent of the Ridpath Chautauqua Bureau, resigning from the latter organization in 1914 to come to Cleveland as vice president of the Coit Alber Chautauqua Bureau. In 1917 he resigned his position with the Coit Alber Bureau to become program director of United States and Allied Governments War Expositions. Following that he served as secretary and manager of the Cleveland Advertising Club, following which he was for one year manager of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. In 1922 he was appointed the first manager pf the Cleveland Public Auditorium, the largest and finest public auditorium in the United States, probably in the world.

Mr. Dickey is a member of the Cleveland Advertising Club and of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Lake City Lodge No. 73, Free and Accepted Masons, Warsaw Chapter No. 48, Royal Arch Masons, Council No. 88, Warsaw Commandery No. 1, Knights Templar, of Warsaw, Indiana, and of Al Koran Temple, Mystic Shrine, Al Sirat Grotto of Cleveland and Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

Mr. Dickey married Miss Helen Mary Cutler, of Washington, D. C., the daughter of Samuel M. and Ella (Dickerson). Cutler. Her maternal grandfather, the Rev. Henry Dickerson, was a well known minister of early days in Indiana, and her father was for many years connected with the Danville Normal School of Indiana, and later for over a quarter of a century was a pension examiner for the Government. Mrs. Dickey was educated in high school in Louisville, Kentucky, and at Lake Forest College, where she was graduated in 1908 as a classmate of her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Dickey have two children, Lincoln Cutler, born May 26, 1910, and Margaret Jane, born May 12, 1918.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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