Biography of Grover C. Dickson
North Central Ohio Biographies

Grover C. Dickson is widely known as the capable superintendent of the Richland County Home, which is located in Weller Township. He was born in Franklin Township, Richland County, July 9, 1884, the son of John A. and Rachel (Starr) Dickson.

John A. Dickson, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Cumberland County, Pa., May 9, 1843. He was nine years old when his father died and it was necessary for him to aid in the support of his mother and other members of the family. During the early part of the Civil War he drove mules and carried supplies to the army across the Potomac River. Later he enlisted in the 209th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was with General Grant's army and was present at the surrender of General Lee. After the close of the war Mr. Dickson spent a year in Missouri and then located in Richland County. He purchased a farm in Franklin Township and spent the remainder of his life there. Mr. Dickson died Aug. 13, 1904, and his wife, who was born in Richland County, Dec. 14, 1852, died March 18, 1930. Both are buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Mr. Dickson was a Democrat and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He belonged to the Baptist Church, of which he served as deacon and Sunday School superintendent for many years. To Mr. and Mrs. Dickson were born nine children, as follows: Samuel, deceased; Edith, deceased; Lucinda, married M. R. Robinson, lives in Franklin Township; Dessie, married Henry Zeeters, lives at Mansfield; Orville and Orinda, twins, both reside in Mansfield; Grover C., the subject of this sketch; Hazel, married P. V. Swisher, lives in Franklin Township; and Ethel, married Arthur Clawson, lives in Blooming Grove Township.

Grover C. Dickson received his education in the public schools of Franklin Township and was interested in farming with his father until the latter's death. He has since purchased the heirs' interest in the old homestead which contains 991/2 acres. Mr. Dickson was appointed superintendent of the Richland County Home in March, 1927. His wife is matron.

In 1915 Mr. Dickson was united in marriage with Pearl Boyce, the daughter of William and Lovelizia Boyce, natives of Franklin Township, both now deceased.

Mr. Dickson has served as a member of the Franklin Township Board of Education for eight years, and was its president for four years. He had also served as township treasurer and in 1923 was elected township trustee. He was reelected to the latter office in 1925, from which he resigned to accept his present position.

Mr. Dickson holds membership in the Baptist Church and has served as Sunday School superintendent. He is affiliated with the Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, F. & A. M.

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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