|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1869|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1942|
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)
Joseph Dickens is one of the partners in the Caldwell Sales & Commission Company and also in the firm of Dickens & Miller, auctioneers. In both branches his business has attained extensive and substantial proportions, his success resulting from indefeatable, enterprise and industry. Mr. Dickens is a native of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, where his birth occurred February 12, 1869. He there attended the common schools to the age of fifteen years, after which he went to Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked for himself and for others in and around the stock yards for a period of nine years. Later he was connected with the stock yards at Denver, Colorado, for seven years and subsequently bought a ranch in Greeley county, Colorado, where he engaged in raising cattle, sheep and hogs.
In 1906 Mr. Dickens disposed of his interests there and came to Caldwell, Idaho, where he took up the business of buying and selling stock and of auctioneering. After two years of activity in these lines he organized the Caldwell Sales ft Commission Company for the purpose of selling anything that can be auctioned, their specialty, however, being farm and live stock sales and the sale of pure bred stock. His first sales eleven years ago amounted to nine hundred and eighty-seven dollars. The business now has reached a volume of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars per year. During the period of the World war this firm handled between forty and fifty carloads of horses and mules a month. They also conduct sales outside of the state of Idaho, these sales aggregating four hundred thousand dollars per year. Their sales yards at Caldwell are most modern and will accommodate any kind of stock, the plant being valued at more than ten thousand dollars. Aside from this business Mr. Dickens is engaged in farming and raising stock in the Boise valley and the careful management which he displays in the conduct of his affairs has been one of the salient features in his growing success.
In 1893 Mr. Dickens was united in marriage to Miss Martha Patton, of Missouri, and to them have been born four children: Anna, the wife of Ben Hagonsen, of Caldwell, who is a rancher in the Boise valley and by whom she has one son, Roy; Rattle, the wife of Clarence Farris, of Caldwell, now engaged in the restaurant business, and they, too, have one child; and Katie and Ellen, who are attending the State Normal School at Lewiston Idaho.
In his political views Mr. Dickens is a democrat and is now filling the office of alderman at Caldwell. He was also a member of the board of the pioneer irrigation district for six years. Left an orphan at the age of three, he has made his own way in life from young boyhood and whatever success he has achieved is entirely attributable to his earnest labor. He attacks everything with a contagious enthusiasm and his zeal and energy conquer all difficulties and obstacles that are in his path. His life should serve to inspire and encourage others, showing that upon individual effort depends success and that prosperity and an honored name may be won simultaneously.
(Information provided by Findagrave member #47429422, Amanda Fox.)
Martha Jane Patton Dickens (1870 - 1964)
Katie Ida Dickens (____ - 1954)*
Anna Dickens Haagensen (1890 - 1974)*
Hattie Dickens Faris (1892 - 1987)*
Canyon Hill Cemetery
Created by: Sue Ann Harfst
Record added: Mar 26, 2012
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