JOHN HENRY DICKSON

Male 1853 - 1940


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  • Name  JOHN HENRY DICKSON 
    Born  13 Nov 1853  American Fork,UTAH,UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  3 Nov 1940  Tacoma,PIERCE,WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  10 Nov 1940  Magrath,Alberta,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John Henry Dickson was born November 13, 1853 in American Fork, Utah county, Utah. He was the youngest son of Billa Dickson and Mary Ann Stoddard.
      His family moved from American Fork to a little farm on the mountain road near Layton when John was six years old. In 1862 his father bought a farm at Richville in Morgan County, and here John spent his boyhood and early manhood working at the saw mills in Hard Scrabble Canyon.
      John usually called Jack, was almost a perfect physical specimen. He was five feet eleven inches tall, and weighed one hundred ninety-five pounds in his prime. He had broad shoulders and a deep chest. The men who knew him well always said the only man that ever threw him down in a wrestle was his brother Will.
      The Indians used to match their skill with the young man. Jack could out distance run any of them. It was said "Don't try to follow Jack Dickson unless you out walk a horse. It was literally true.
      He married Avilda Diena Hickman, daughter of William Adams Hickman and Martha Diena Case on March 4, 1877. They were sealed in the temple for time and all eternity on the November 15, 1878. They were the parents of twelve children Mary, William, John, Parley, Bartlett , Arvin, Earle, son Dickson, Alvira, Avilda, Elijah, and Owen.
      While living in Morgan County John accepted a call from the church to serve a mission in the southern states. He had four children at the time but AviIda provided for the family in his absence. He served for two years without purse or script. Most of his mission was served in Burk and Rutherforn Counties in North Carolina.
      The Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, in Utah were in need of more room in which to settle. Many converts to the Church were coming from Europe and the Eastern States. Consequently, the Church leaders were sending colonies of people to various places in the surrounding states to establish homes and build communities. As other desirable locations were being sought, it was learned that large tracts of land were available in the Stinking Water (Shoshone) River Valley in the Big Horn Basin in Northwestern Wyoming. In the winter of 1900 Apostle Abraham Owen Woodruff asked Jack to go with him and others to the Big Horn Country in Wyoming to help colonize the area. Jack accepted the call because he wanted to give his children the chance to develop a new and undeveloped area.
      The first company of pioneers arrived in the Shoshone River Valley May 2, and camped on Sage Creek, a short distance north of the Shoshone River. Their camp was in the creek bottom, east of the monument that was erected many years later at the highway junction. This marker is approximately three miles northwest of Lovell.
      The first and most important job for the Colonists was the construction of the Sidon Canal. The canal was to be 30.48 miles long and cover 17,715.28 acres. The dimension of the Canal at the headgate was shown in the permit as 25 feet wide at the water line, bottom width 15 feet, depth of water 5 feet, and the grade of the ditch 2 feet per mile.
      John and his sons helped construct the Sidon canal. John Henry Dickson was the foreman of those working on the East end of the Canal.
      Difficulty was encountered while building the Canal. They found that a tunnel had to be built through a small hill. While blasting they found that it took a long time for the black smoke to clear out of the tunnel. Jack brought in a small wood stove and built its chimney so that it would come to the outside of the hole. Then he lit a fire, and the black dust from the blasting powder was drawn up through the damper, and was disposed of through the chimney.
      Jack was chosen to supervise about thirty men. They labored long and hard on the Canal from its beginning in 1900 until its completion in 1904.
      At one time Jack considered buying a well-developed farm near Lovell away from the Colony. However, he was cautioned by Apostle Woodruff not to do so. Apostle Woodruff was afraid that other men would follow his example and the efforts at colonizing would fail. Obediently, Jack followed the counsel.
      Jack was a stockman and farmer. He worked at times as a blacksmith. He owned half interest in a sawmill in Five Springs Canyon. He was a member of the Big Horn Stake High Council. He was Cowley's first superintendent of the Sunday School. Avilda was the first member of the Shoshone Branch Relief Society Presidency.
      It must have been a great disappointment for the pioneers who left Utah and migrated to the Big Horn Basin when the land turned alkaline. The water brought up alkali in the soil and the crops could not grow. The land failed, according to modem engineers because they did not know how to drain it properly. As a result the pioneers had to look elsewhere to earn a living.
      In 1911 Jack took his wife and the younger members of the family and started for Canada. He had heard from his former neighbor in Morgan that there was a fertile valley there to be farmed. The family returned to Wyoming when Avilda became ill. In 1912 Earl and Lige returned to Canada, and in 1913 Jack and Avilda with the younger children joined them there. Later in that year September 20, 1913 Avilda died of cancer.
      In 1918 Jack left Canada to go back to Wyoming where he lived in Kane and Cowley. In 1921 his son Lige moved to Yakima, Washington and Jack went there for a time to visit him. In 1922-24 Lige and Owen who had joined his brother moved to Aberdeen, Washington and Jack visited them there. Between the years of 1924-31, Jack visited and lived with his sons in Wyoming and Washington and with his daughter in Canada. From 1934 until his death he lived near his sons Bart, Lige and Owen in Tacoma, Washington. He passed away November 3, 1940 and was buried beside his beloved wife in Magrath, Alberta, Canada.
      Condensed by Paul B. Dickson from the John Henry Dickson history written by Paul B. Dickson
    Person ID  I162  Jacobson/Dickson
    Last Modified  11 Apr 2008 

    Father  Billa DICKSON,   b. 8 Mar 1815, Elizabethtown,Upper Cannada (L,Ontario) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1878, RICHVILLE,MORGAN,UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  MARY ANN STODDARD,   b. 18 Oct 1817, WASHINGTON,LITCHFIELD,CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1903, RICHVILLE,MORGAN,UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Apr 1837  Bastard,Johnstown Distri,Upper Can (Leeds,Ontario) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F82  Group Sheet

    Family  Avilda Diena HICKMAN,   b. 20 Jan 1859, WEST JORDAN,SALT LAKE,UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1913, Magrath,Alberta,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 Mar 1877  Cannonville,Garfield,UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Samantha DICKSON,   b. 11 Feb 1878, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1899, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. William Henderson DICKSON,   b. 16 Oct 1879, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1952, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Henry DICKSON,   b. 19 May 1881, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1904, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Parley Jorden DICKSON,   b. 11 Mar 1884, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1886, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Bartlett Davis DICKSON,   b. 8 Apr 1886, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1974, Tacoma, Pierce, WA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Arvin Stoddard DICKSON,   b. 6 Jan 1889, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1920, Cowley, Big Horn, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Earle DICKSON,   b. 26 Feb 1891, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1936, Magrath, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Baby Boy DICKSON,   b. 3 Jun 1893, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1893, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Alvira Aurilia DICKSON,   b. 6 Feb 1895, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1980, Magrath, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Avilda Diena DICKSON,   b. 2 Mar 1897, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1900, Slate Creek, Lincoln, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Elijah DICKSON,   b. 17 Feb 1900, RICHVILLE, MORGAN, UTAH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1971, Tacoma, Pierce, WA Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Owen Hickman DICKSON,   b. 28 Apr 1907, Cowley, Big Horn, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1988, Puyallup, Pierce, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F94  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    1870 Morgan County Utah Census
    1870 Morgan County Utah Census

    Histories
    John Henry Dickson / Avilda Diena Hickman
    John Henry Dickson / Avilda Diena Hickman
    Contains a link to a wonderfully written History of this family