|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1860|
|Death: ||Nov. 29, 1956|
Census: 1930 Married, two sons at home. Living in Rockford, Minnesota
Occupation: 1930 Farmer
History of Wright County Minnesota, Volumes I and II Published in 1915 by Franklyn Curtiss - Wedge)
Thomas & Minnie (Furtney-Dixon) Dixon
THOMAS DIXON, a prominent man and extensive land owner of Rockford township, was born in Frankfort township, March 14, 1860, a son of James Dixon, the pioneer. He was reared to farm pursuits, and remained at home with his parents until twenty-seven years of age. Then he went to Minneapolis, where he received a practical business* experience which has since stood him in good stead. In 1889 he and his brother, William J. Dixon, formed a partnership and started farming on a tract of 291 acres in Rockford township. The partnership proved a most admirable one, the two men worked early and late, and by shrewd management and industry they were able to increase their holdings to 700 acres of as good land as is to be found in the county. In 1910, Thomas located on his present site, where he had erected a splendid modern home and spacious barns. In 1913 the brothers felt that the business was assuming such proportions as to be better operated if divided, so the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent.
Thomas Dixon now owns 308 acres of fertile land, divided by the railroad. He carries on general farming and raised good graded stock. His farm is equipped with all the latest machinery, his home is furnished with modern comforts, and he is a splendid type of the modern successful farmer, a most estimable and useful citizen in every way.
Thomas Dixon married Minnie Furtney, a widow of Robert Dixon. They have two sons, John and Glenn.
From the book; "Come Along and Remember"; Stories centered on the life of Martha Dixon-Gilbert, June 2005:
* This "practical business experience is believed to be the result of working for Dr. Abbott, who later founded Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. "He was Doc's horse driver and took him house to house when he made his calls."
In 1917, Tom Dixon dug the flowing well (Dickinson Spring) on Highway 55, between Rockford and Buffalo, in Wright Co., Minnesota.
Tom Dixon was kicked by a horse twice, resulting in a broken hip each time; July 3, 1930 & July 1, 1939. The second break never set properly and he never walked without canes or crutches again.
Wright County History 1915
THOMAS DIXON, 96, PASSES AWAY
Funeral services were held for Thomas Dixon, 96, on Sunday, December 2, at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Rev. Mark Lee officiating in the absence of Rev. Selway.
Arnold Mattson was the soloist, accompanied by Dorothy Klemz. The pallbearers were Julius Dixon, Winifred Forsythe, George Dixon, Thomas Dixon, Donald Dixon and Arthur Dixon.
Interment was in the Elmwood Cemetery at Rockford.
Thomas Dixon, son of pioneers, James and Sarah Dixon, was born in a log cabin on the east shore of Lake Charlotte on March 14, 1860. He lived with his parents until going to Minneapolis, where he drove a team for Dr. Abbott, founder of the Abbott hospital. Then returning, he farmed with his brother, William, until his marriage to Minnie Dixon in 1911. He was baptized as a little boy by a travelling missionary. In 1917 he dug the flowing well located on highway 55 between Buffalo and Rockford. He helped to build the Presbyterian Church at Rockford.
In 1925 he and his family moved to Buffalo where he lived until failing health forced him to live with his son, Glenn and family.
He was taken to the hospital November 21st where he passed away November 29th at the age of 96 years. He is survived by his wife Minnie, five children: John, Glenn, Dewey, Robert and Martha (Mrs. Martha Gilbert), one brother, Andrew, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives. Three brothers, two sisters and a grandson preceded him in death.
DIXON-Thomas, age 96 of Buffalo, Minnesota. Survived by wife, Minnie, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 1 brother. Services Sunday 2:30 at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church. Interment Rockford, Minn. Arrangements Peterson Chapel. Buffalo.
Wright County Press ~ November 29, 1956
Minnie Elizabeth Furtney Dixon (1879 - 1958)*
John Francis Dixon (1913 - 1995)*
Glenn Furtney Dixon (1920 - 2000)*
Created by: Dorothy Peterson Kunz
Record added: May 30, 2012
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