John A Dickson


JOHN A. DICKSON, sheet roller in the plant of the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company, at Leechburg, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born May 17, 1870, in Indiana county, PA.,, son of Benjamin Dickson, and a grandson of Thomas Dickson.

Thomas Dickson spent his life in Indiana county, Pa., where he followed the trade of stonemason and also engaged in farming. He had four sons: Samuel, James, and Benjamin and George, twins. George died when fourteen years old.

Benjamin Dickson, son of Thomas and father of John A. Dickson, was born in Indiana county. He was reared on the home farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits during a part of his life, was also a coal miner in Butler county, and worked at lumbering. His present residence is Butler, Pa., and he is keeper of the tollgate on the Butler plank road. He married Elizabeth Gamble, who died in 1885, and they had two children, John A. and Mary, who married John Conley and lives at Butler, Pa. The mother was a daughter of John Gamble.

John A. Dickson attended the common schools in Butler township, Butler county, and afterward worked on the home farm and as a coal miner until 1893, when he came to Leechburg, finding employment in the Kirkpatrick mill, which was absorbed by the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company. Mr. Dickson worked his way up from the bottom to his present responsible position of a roller, which he has filled since 1898. He is a competent workman and a practical and prudent business man. In 1896 he erected his present residence, and in 1910 built a fine double house on other property, besides which he has still another house at Leechburg and one at Butler, Pennsylvania.

On Nov. 25, 1892, Mr. Dickson was married to Leona Simpson, daughter of Thomas Simpson, of New Castle, Pa., and they have eight children: Benjamin C., A. Warren, Ernest, L. Josephine, Calvin E., Johnwendle, Paul K. F. and M. Vivian. Mr. Dickson and his family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically he is a Republican.

Source: Pages 778-779, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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