Biography of Edward A. Dibble
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

EDWARD A. DIBBLE, a representative citizen of Center township, was born December 1, 1831, in Essex County, New York, and is a son of Lyman and Eliza Jane (Smart) Dibble.

Lyman Dibble was born March 2, 1804, and was a son of Levi Dibble, a native of Vermont, whose parents had immigrated from France in the 18th century and settled in New England. Lyman Dibble was reared and educated in New York, but in 1837 he moved to Champaign County, Ohio, where he engaged in farming for eight years. He then came to Mercer County and lived for several years in Jefferson township, and then moved to Center township, where he purchased 8o acres of farm land from his brother Lyman, who had made the original entry. To this he added 40 acres and built a log cabin on the place, which was later replaced by another, which was built by his son Charles, in 1850, who still resides there Lyman Dibble remained on this farm until his death, which occurred July 24, 1869, at the age of 65 years. On February 17, 1831, he married Eliia Jane Smart, who was a native of Vermont, born February 7, 1813, and died August 6, 1898, at the age of 85 years. They were the parents of the following children: Edward A.; Charles F.; Rebecca, who married James F. Moore of Mendon; and Frances Ann. Mr. Dibble was a life long Democrat. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Edward A. Dibble grew to manhood on the home farm in Center township, he being about 15 years old when his, parents moved to Ohio. In 1862 he enlisted in Company F, 56th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., at Celina, Ohio, and served until, August 4, 1863. He participated in the battles at Port Gibson, Champion Hills and the siege of Vicksburg, receiving no injuries in battle, but contracting rheumatism and scurvy, from which diseases he has suffered more or less ever since. His monthly pension of $8 was increased three years since to $12.

Mr. Dibble was married November 30, 1854, to Mary Kumpf, a daughter of George and Catherine Kumpf. The former was of German and the latter of French ancestry. Mr. and Mrs. Dibble have had the following children: Alton, who lives at home; Annie, who resides at home; Susan Jane, who died while her father was in the army; Levi, deceased; George S., residing at St. Marys, who married Jane Springer, and has four children - Hazel V., Flossie B., Artie Belle and Harold; Ida Belle, who lives in Lima, Ohio; William Henry, residing at Celina, who married Ida Belle Steele, and has three children - Donald Steele, Glendale and Opal; an infant, deceased, unnamed; LeRoy S., an employe in the L. E. & W. R. R. offices, at Lima, who married Ida Matilda Hays; and Catherine, who died aged about eight years.

Mr. Dibble has always been an active Democrat. He was a member of the Board of Infirmary Directors for six years, served also as township trustee, supervisor, and school director, and was a member of the Board of Education. As an infirmary director, his record shows the faithfulness of his services and 'the economical manner in which• he guarded the interests of the county. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was class leader for several years. Formerly he was a member of the Neptune Post, G. A. R., in which he filled all the offices but quartermaster and chaplain; and when that post passed out of existence, he joined Kiesler Post, No. 83, at St. Marys.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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