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Dix, Rollin Mears
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 339-340


One does not have to carry his investigations far into the history of Griggsville to learn that the name of Dix has long been an honored one in Pike county and the subject of this review has fully sustained the admirable family record. He was born in this county August 31, 1855, and acquired his education in the public schools of Griggsville. His father, Levi W. Dix, was a native of Malden, Massachusetts, born February 15, 1821, and his death occurred in Griggsville, April 30, 1874. He was a son of John Dix, who in 1834 came to Illinois with his family. In 1841 Levi W. Dix was united in marriage with Miss Ruth E. Kiddle, a native of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and a daughter of Arthur Kiddle. Five children were born of this marriage, but only Rollin M. Dix is now living. The father was engaged in merchandising in Griggsville for ten or fifteen years and had a good business, being known as one of the leading merchants of this place. He was a partner of James Brakefield and in all of his business relations commanded uniform confidence and trust.

Rollin Mears Dix was educated in the public schools of Griggsville and has spent much of his life in traveling with his mother. With her he visited her old home in 1881 and at that time they took an extended trip over the New England states, visiting many places of historic interest. He lived in Las Vegas, New Mexico, from July 18, 1888, until after the death of his sister in April, 1889. In 1897 he and his mother made an extended trip in the east, visiting many points; including Chautauqua, New York. On the 22d of December, 1899, Mr. Dix lost his mother, since which time he has occupied the old homestead, where he has spent his entire life with the exception of the periods devoted to travel. He has lived on this site for forty-one years, but two of the old houses have been torn down. His life was devoted to his mother and the affection between them was largely ideal. He gave to her almost his entire thought and devotion and put forth every effort in his power for her comfort and happiness. His home is a beautiful one, most attractively furnished, showing every evidence of a refined and cultured taste as well as of wealth. In politics Mr. Dix has always been a republican and his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Congregational church.

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