|Birth: ||May 16, 1824|
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1897|
Portrait & Biographical Album of Fulton County, 1890
Stephen E. Dikeman. How pleasant after a long life well and prosperously spent it is to look back over the vista of years that intervene between old age and childhood
Stephen E. Dikeman. How pleasant after a long life well and prosperously spent it is to look back over the vista of years that intervene between old age and childhood, and in memory live again the triumphs and joys. Above all, how enjoyable it is to possess the consciousness of having benefited both one's self and others in the struggle essential to the busy commercial world. Mr. Dikeman is conceded to be one of the wealthiest men in Fulton County, which is noted for its prominent and well-to-do citizens. He has always been singularly successful in money-making, and has through his own exertions attained success, since he commenced life with nothing but a bright mind, willing hands and a great deal of ambition.
The estimable wife of our subject has been truly his helpmate in pursuing the course of live, having by her industry and frugality helped him save money for larger investments as the years passed by. He laid out the land upon which the village of Middle Grove was built, and owns several dwellings and store houses there. A native of Madison County, n. Y., he was born May 16, 1824, to Gilson and Parnel (Tuttle) Dikeman, natives of Connecticut. They were married in the town of Fenner (now called Cazenovia) Madison County, N. Y. the father was in the saddle and harness business, and previous to his death owned at one time some valuable land in New York, but lost much of his property. He came to Fulton County in 1844, settling on section 15, Fairview Township, which for many years was known as the Dikeman homestead.
The father succeeded fairly well in business and was Justice of the Peace, and Supervisor for a period of nine years. He died when eighty-six years of age; the mother when in her seventy-third year. Twelve children were born to them, ten of whom reached maturity, viz: Alvira, William, Hannah, Elizabeth, Cornelius, Harriet, Hiram, Dighton, Stephen E., and Henry. Only three are now living: Hannah, Henry and our subject. The latter when a year old was taken by his parents to Oswego County, where he continued to live up to his nineteenth year. His educational advantages were poor, and at an early age he worked on a farm. When only eighteen years old he bound himself out to a carpenter in order to learn that trade, and this man, D. W. Sherman, coming west to Chicago in the fall of 1843, our subject naturally came with him.
After three years in that city, Mr. Dikeman came to Fulton County, in the fall of 1847, and worked at his trade until he married Miss Susan Lindzey in 1852. She was a native of Massachusetts and a daughter of William and Hannah (Dix) Lindzey, both natives of England and married in that country. Her father was a painter by trade, working for a time in the cotton mills in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and removing to the vicinity of Providence, R. I., where he remained five years. In the fall of 1850 he brought his family to the State of Illinois, coming via the Erie Canal to Buffalo, thence by the lakes to Chicago, and from there by the Illinois Canal to Illinois River, landing at Copperas Creek.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Dikeman lived one year with his parents, then removed to a portion of his present homestead. He owned one hundred and twenty acres of land before his marriage, and subsequent industry has greatly increased his possessions. He has shipped hundreds of loads of stock to Chicago and Peoria, and has hauled wheat from here to Chicago, selling it for sixty-six cents per bushel, and taking merchandise back to Peoria at seventy-five cents per hundred weight. Mr. Dikeman is a Republican and was numbered among the men who suffered a "rotten egging" on account of being a Whig and his Abolitionist proclivities.
The following is a record of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dikeman: Charles E., who died at the age of twenty-two years; Cyrus M.; Frank, who died when three years old; Flora, George, Ambrose and Lindzey. Cyrus M. married Addie Turner, and they have two children, Lee and Charles; their home is in Knox County. Flora is the wife of Herbert Green, a prosperous farmer in Farmington Township, and they have two children, May and Susan. George is a clothing merchant at Elmwood, being partner in the firm of Wilson & Dikeman. Ambrose and Lindzey are still at home. Mr. Dikeman takes great interest in educational matters and has served as School Director; also Roadmaster and on jury duty. He and his estimable wife look back upon their life with a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction, for by untiring effort they have accumulated a competency for their declining years and prepared their children for useful and honorable careers.
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Created by: Memories From The Mist
Record added: Mar 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66400931
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