Biography of Eugene G. Dick
North Central Ohio Biographies

Eugene G. Dick, who is postmaster of Oberlin, is one of the best known citizens of Lorain County, and is a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He is a native of Ashtabula, Ohio, born June 25, 1875, the son of M. G. and Irene J. (Barber) Dick.

M. G. Dick, deceased, was a representative citizen of Oberlin. He was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, and became a teacher in the district schools of that county. Later he conducted a general store in Ashtabula, and in 1883 removed with his family to Oberlin, where he spent four years as a superintendent of the Barber Asphalt Paving Company. He then successfully engaged in the grocery business in this city until his retirement. He was a Republican and served as mayor of Oberlin, as well as a member of the city council. He belonged to the Second Congregational Church and while a resident of Ashtabula served for 25 years as Sunday School superintendent. He was a trustee of the Oberlin Church. Mr. Dick died in May, 1923, and his wife, a native of Vermont, died in 1927. Both are buried in Oberlin. Their children were: 1. William A., lives at Pittsburgh, Pa. 2. Frank J., lives at Miami, Fla. 3. O. Howard, lives at Los Angeles, Calif. 4. Walter M., lives at New Rochelle, N. Y. 5. Eugene G., the subject of this sketch. 6. Mary I., lives at Oberlin.

After his graduation from the public schools of Oberlin, Eugene G. Dick attended Oberlin Academy, having come to this city in 1883. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War he enlisted for service and served during the duration of the war as a member of Company A, Fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. In 1901 Mr. Dick went to Bridgeport, Conn., where he spent six years in the employ of the Locomobile Company of America. Due to ill health he returned to Oberlin in 1906, spent two years as an associate of his father in the grocery business, and on July 5, 1907, entered the local post office as a clerk. He served in various capacities until his resignation, July 1, 1918. Mr. Dick then held the office of city clerk of Oberlin until March 1, 1923, at which time he accepted the appointment of postmaster by President Warren G. Harding. He was reappointed to office, Feb. 11, 1927.

Mr. Dick is a Republican in politics and belongs to the Oberlin Golf Club and Exchange Club. He has the following lodge affiliations: Oberlin Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 380, Past Master, and has held the office of secretary for the past 17 years; Oberlin Chapter, R. A. M., No. 219, Past High Priest; Elyria Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 86; Elyria Commandery, K. T., No. 60; Lake Erie Consistory, 32nd degree; Al Koran Temple, Cleveland; Oberlin Masonic Club, Past President; and B. P. O. Elks, No. 465. He is also identified with the Tn-State Postmasters Association, and National Association of Postmasters. He is Past Senior Vice Commander of Major Woodsworth Camp, U. S. Spanish War Veterans, No. 62, and a member of Sons of the American Revolution, Western Reserve Chapter of Cleveland.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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