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Dixon Bean

  • Birth 15 Oct 1834 Erie County, New York, USA
  • Death 17 Mar 1905 Springville, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Sect D1, Lot 52, West part
  • Memorial ID 58510916

From the book, Give the Lady What She Wants! The Story of Marshall Field & Company by Lloyd Wendt & Herman Kogan (Rand McNally & Co. 1952) pp. 144-145

"..increasingly merchants were finding it easier and cheaper to stay home and select what they wanted from a salemen's samples. The trend toward a mass system of traveling salesmanship was too strong for even as mighty a house as Field & Leiter to stop. Still Field found the idea repugnant. When DIXON BEAN, head of the company's carpet departments, told him of the great success a Philadelphia rug manufacturer had on the road in 1876 wih only a single satchel filed with samples, Field shook his head sadly. When Bean went on to predict that in two years their own house would have men from every department out on the road with their samples, Field muttered,"No, I would close up first."

Persistently Bean pressed for a chance to see what results he could get on a selling trip. Field reluctantly allowed him and two other men to make a try at it that winter. "If you're not successful," he warned, "I'll want you back here."

The men were successful, sending in more orders than could have been achieved by the older method. Within a few months additional salesman were on the road, and in the spring of 1877 they were traveling to towns where the august name of Field, Leiter and Company won them orders promptly."
Chicago Daily Tribune, April 6, 1873 page 3:
"The Vienna Carpets

In a late number of The Tribune we copied from the Public Ledger, of Philadephia, an article respecting the carpets manufactured by the Vienna Carpet Manufactoring Company of that city. Our attention was attracted to the article by the novelty of a good carpet produced at so low a price; and, knowing the good character of the Ledger for reliability, we copied it as matter of interesting information. Since that time, Mr. Reed, the President of the Company, has visited Chicago and made arrangements with Messers. Field, Leiter & Co. for the sale of this carpet to the people of the great Northwest.
Under the management of Mr. Dixon Bean, the head of the carpet department in their extensive establishment, who has a fine assortment of paterns or specimens, we have no doubt, the Vienna carpets weill soon become widely and favoarably know in this part of the country, as they east of the Alleghanies. Messrs. Field, Leiter & Co will be able to sell these carpets at factory prices."
25 Aug 1867
Inter-Ocean newspaper (Chicago, Ill) 1 March 1876:
Under "Superior Court"
Seavey & Co. VS Dixon Bean, MW FUller, M. Shepard and Nettie L. and Addie BEAN. Mechanics lean of $122.60.
The Biloxi (Mississippi) Herald 22 March 1890

Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Bean of Hyde Park, Chicago, gave a very enjoyable Euchre party at their cottage on Pass Christian street last Monday evening.
The cottage was very tastefully decorated with potted ferns, geranimums, violets, holly, mistletoe and magnolia boughs.
Among those present were:
Messrs. Lemon, Johnson, Sutter, Theobald and Edwards, and Misses Edwards and Bass, of Biloxi; Mrs and Miss Fannie Whitcomb, Mr. Harvey and sister, Chicago; Mr. Culve, Michigan; Mr and Mrs. Garrigue, Mesdames Allen Morrill, Susie Johnson, George Willard, Mabel and Grave Willard, Mabel and Grace Bean, Hyde Park, Chicago; Dr, Taylor and mother, Wis.; Mrs. Flanigan and Mr and Mrs Achelle Michaud, St. Paul, Minn,: Miss Bessie Ott, Mr and Mrs. Vancleave and Mr. Vancleave, of Ocean Springs.
(found on Genealogy bank July 4, 2010)
The Biloxi (Mississippi) Herald 22 March 1890

"Delightful Symposium

Thursday afternoon Mrs. Whitcomb and daughter Miss Fannie, ladies of charming presence, from Chicago, gave a delightful symposium at their lovely cottage on Pass Christian St.
Tea was poured by Miss Whitcomb, assisted by Miss Grace Willard and Miss Mabel Bean. Mrs Blye, who posesses many intellectual gifts that have won admiration during her sojourn on the gulf, entertained them by reading from her journal of travels "scenes in the streets of Naples and Pompeii, and a trip to the top of Mt. Vesuvius by moon light." Among the guests were mesdames Thomas Hudson, DIXON BEAN, George Johnson, Allyn Morrell, Courtright, Messrs Mabel Bean, Harvey and Bessie Willard, Mrs. Garrigue, Miss Grace Willard, Mrs., George Willard, of Hyde Park, Mrs. Emlen S. Blye, and Mrs. Carter, of Woodlawn Park, Mrs. Gould of Saginaw, and other."

The LaPorte Argus-Bulletin, Saturday, March 18, 1905 page 4:

MORTUARY RECORD: Dixon Bean, a resident of Chicago, died last evening at the home of Mrs. Bogert ar Springville, where he had been the past month. The body was shipped to Chicago this morning for burial, A. Cutler was in charge.

The LaPorte Daily Herald, Saturday, March 18, 1905 page 8

MORTUARY RECORD: Dixon Bean of Chicago, aged 70, died yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Bogart of Springville. The deceased was visiting at the Bogart home at the time. Death was due to apoplexy, which had followed a stroke paralysis. The body was this morning shipped to Mrs. George L. Miller, 2718 Michigan avenue, Chicago, a daughter. The funeral services will be held there tomorrow. Austin Cutler was the funeral director. "

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 58510916
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dixon Bean (15 Oct 1834–17 Mar 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58510916, citing Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Christine Klukkert (contributor 47352711) .