Dr. J. D. Dickinson

Dr. J. D. Dickinson, physician at Galva, is a son of Richard and Edna ( Needham ) Dickinson, and was born Jan. 13, 1846 , at Oberlin, Lorain Co., Ohio . Mr. Richard Dickinson, the father of our subject, was born Aug. 21, 1818 , in Randolph , Portage Co., Ohio . He is still living, his place of residence being Grinnell, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, to which he removed in March, 1884, and while there was engaged in farming. Jesse Dickinson, the grandfather, was born in Massachusetts . His occupation was that of a farmer, and in the War of 1812, he was one of the brave soldiers. At the age of 14 he came as far West as Randolph Portage Co., Ohio , and there lived. After marrying at the latter place, they went to Hudson, Summit Co., Ohio, and from there to Henry County, where he died, Feb. --, 1878, aged 87 years. He was married twice and had a family of six children, and he was of English extraction.

   Mrs. Edna ( Needham ) Dickinson was born March, 1814, in Massachusetts . Shortly after her birth she was taken to Coventry, Tolland Co., Conn. , by her parents, at which place she was educated and reared. At the age of 19 years she came to New York State and then to Oberlin, where she attended the Ladies’ Seminary. She died in Wethersfield , this county, in March 1868, and was the mother of three children, viz.: Jesse E., Oliver W., of Grinnell , Iowa , and George A., a teacher of Kewanee.

   Our subject was educated in Kewanee, having come to Wethersfield in June, 1850, with his parents. He was a student at Wheaton College and then attended the Hahnemann Medical College , Chicago , at which he graduated March 19, 1874, and in the spring of 1875 located at Wataga, Knox Co., Ill. , where he followed his profession, having practiced during the intervening time at Kewanee with Dr. Parsons, who had been his preceptor for a period of nearly three years. He remained at Wataga for nearly three years, when he came to Galva, where he built up a fine and lucrative practice, and one quite as satisfactory to himself as to his patrons.

   Dr. Dickinson was married in this county, Oct. 13, 1875 , to Miss Eva Ray, who was born Aug. 27, 1854 , in St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., and is the daughter of O. L. Ray, now of Pierson , Mich. Both himself and wife are members of the Congregational Church. He is also a member of the A. O.U. W., is a member of the Homeopathic Medical Association, and politically he is a Republican.


1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois  page 512


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