Arthur J. Dickey, a prominent agriculturist and stockman of Henry county; owns and operates a highly improved and valuable farm comprising three hundred and twenty acres of land on section 27, Cornwall township. He is numbered among the worthy native sons of this county, his birth having occurred in Cornwall township on the 23d of September, 1863. A sketch of his parents, David T. and Eliza E. (Peterson) Dickey, appears on another page of this work.

Arthur J. Dickey passed his boyhood days on the home farm in Cornwall township and after leaving the district school spent a year as a student in the Kewanee public school. Subsequently he pursued a commercial course in the Davenport Business College and after being graduated from that institution retured to the home farm, there remaining until he was married at the age of twenty-four years. In 1889 he went to Clay county, Nebraska, with his young wife and there gave his attention to the operation of a rented farm for three years. On the expiration of that period, in 1892, he returned to Henry county, Illinois, and in 1895 bought one hundred and sixty acres of his present farm from his father, paying seventy-two dollars an acre for the land.

In 1901 he purchased another quarter section at one hundred dollars an acre and at the end of five years sold the property for one hundred and fifty dollars an acre. Two years later he again bought the place, paying one hundred and fifty dollars an acre for the land and five hundred dollars for the improvements that had been made upon it. His holdings therefore embrace three hundred and twenty acres on section 27, Cornwall township, and in recent years he has not only remodeled the buildings on the place but has added a number of others until today it is lacking in none of the improvements and conveniences of a model farm of the twentieth century. In addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate, he also devotes considerable attention to the raising, feeding and shipping of stock and in both branches of his business has won a gratifying and well merited measure of success.

On the 4th of January, 1888, in Cornwall township, Mr. Dickey was united in marriage to Miss Hattie B. Hayden, a native of that township and a daughter of Gideon and Mary E. (Casteel) Hayden. The father still survives and now makes his home at Guide Rock, Nebraska, but the mother passed away when her daughter Hattie was only eight years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Dickey have two children. Leslie A., whose birth occurred during the sojourn of his parents in Nebraska, is now a young man of twenty. After completing the prescribed course of study in the district school he entered the high school at Kewanee and was graduated therefrom in 1908. Lela Grace, the daughter of our subject, is now a sophomore in the Kewanee high school.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Dickey has cast his ballot in support of the men and measures of the republican party, believing that its principles are most conducive to good government. The cause of education has ever found in him a stalwart champion and he is at present serving as the capable incumbent in the office of school treasurer. He and his family belong to the Liberty Cornwall Congregational church, formerly called the Union Congregational church of Cornwall, of which both he and his wife are charter members. Mr. Dickey acts as trustee and also as superintendent of the Sunday school, having served in the latter capacity for about fifteen years. Fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America at Atkinson. His entire life has been guided by the most honorable principles and his self-reliance and unfaltering industry, combined with his integrity, constitute the salient features in his prosperity.


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