Submitted by Chris Dixon August 29, 1998
"Past and Present of Mercer County" Vol. II 1914 - pg. 227-8
F. C. DIXON
F. C. Dixon has been for many years engaged in farming and stock-raising and still owns and operates a farm of three hundred and twenty acres, although he makes his home in New Boston. He is also prominent in the financial circles of the town as president of the State Bank.
His birth occurred in New Boston on the 18th of July, 1859, and his boyhood and youth were spent here, his education being received in the local public schools. After laying aside his textbooks he began working on a farm by the month, so continuing for several years. In 1882 he began business for himself, opening a livery stable, which he has since operated, with the exception of a few years. He is also the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land situated within a mile of the town, and there he raises stock extensively. He specializes in pure blooded Shire horses, Shetland ponies and shorthorn cattle.
He has one of the best herds of Shetland ponies in this section of the state and his activities as a raiser of high grade stock return to him annually a handsome profit. He has been connected with the State Bank for many years, having been associated with it when it was yet a private institution. In 1904 it was incorporated under the state laws and he became one of its directors. He was for some time manager of the institution and in 1907 was elected vice president, continuing in that capacity until January, 1910, when he became president. As executive head he has directed its policy for four years, and its steady growth during that time is due in large measure to his wisdom and enterprise.
Mr. Dixon was united in marriage on the 22d of December, 1886, to Miss Josephine Hartwig, a native of New Boston, where she grew to womanhood and where she acquired her education. Her parents, George and Amelia (Tolle) Hartwig, were both born in Germany, but settled in Mercer county many years ago, the former having been in the mercantile business here for over fifty years.
Mr. and Mrs. Dixon are parents of three children: Earl, who is now associated with his father in the operation of the farm; and Florence Kate and Helen Estelle, both at home. Mr. Dixon has always had the welfare of the public school system much at heart, realizing that a democracy must depend upon the intelligence and knowledge of its citizens, and as school trustee has for many years done much to raise the standard of the schools of the community. He is a man of agreeable personality and of tried integrity, and these traits have won for him many stanch friends.