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William Dickey

Dickey_WilliamWilliam Dickey, one of Brookville's long time resident died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. W. Maxwell in Pittsburgh, Tuesday morning of this week., January 9, 1917.  The body was brought to his late home in West Brookville, on Wednesday and the funeral is this afternoon, Thursday.  The Funeral Services were held in the Brookville United Presbyterian Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Dight.  Interment was made in Brookville Cemetery.

William Dickey was born in Jefferson County, on December 14, 1832, his parents being Matthew and Elizabeth Ann Dickey.  His father was born in County Derry, Ireland, in 1800, and came to America in 1817.  He died in 1884 at the age of 84 years.

Mr. Dickey acquired his primary education in the old-time log schoolhouse.  He attended the Brookville Academy for a few terms, and later attended a select school in Brookville.  He began his business career by working in his father's store, where he spent about five years.  Then he conducted a store in Baxter for two years and for a similar length of time in Summerville, then known as Troy.  After that he was engaged in merchandising in Brookville for over twenty years.  Going out of the merchandising business, he engaged in lumbering which he followed until he retired from business entirely, five or six years before his decease. For a number of years, he was President of the National Bank of Brookville.  He was very successful in the lumber industry and at his death he was considered by most persons that knew him, to be the wealthiest man in Brookville. 

In 1856, he was married to Miss Mary A. Douthett, a daughter of Rev. William Douthett, of the United Presbyterian Church.  To them were born six children:  Matthew W. who lives in Tennessee, William W. of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Ada M. Means of Brookville, Mrs. Frank K. Brown of Clarion, Mrs. L. B. Long of Ridgway, and Mrs. W. W. Maxwell of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Dickey was a member of the United Presbyterian congregation of Brookville, and one of it's principal supporters.  For more than a decade, he spent his winters in Los Angeles, CA.

("Jeffersonian-Democrat", Thursday, January 11, 1917)


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