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Dickason, Samuel M.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 552-553


Samuel A. Dickason is one of the most extensive landowners of Pike county and is also a prominent factor in financial circles. He was born in Hannibal, Missouri, August 24, 1867, and is a son of Jacob H. and Harriet (Conway) Dickason. The father was born in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, and went to Missouri about 1852 and spent the remainder of his life there. He was a capitalist and was a leading and influential resident of his community. His wife was born in Hannibal and by his marriage became the mother of two sons, Samuel M. and William A., who is now living in Hannibal. The father departed this life November 3, 1899, at the age of sixty-four years, while his wife died on the 15th of October, 1893.

Samuel M. Dickason is indebted to the public schools of his native city for the greater part of his education. He was, however, a student in the Gem City Business College at Quincy, where he was trained for the practical and responsible duties of business life, and after completing a thorough course was graduated from that institution. On July 3, 1889, he married Miss Carrie Strubinger, who was born in Derry township, Pike county, December 17, 1866, and is a daughter of Michael and Mary (Chamberlain) Strubinger. The father was born in Delaware, October 8, 1833, and was the eldest son of Joseph Strubinger, whose name is a familiar one in Pike county because of his close and active connection with business and public affairs here. Michael Strubinger was brought by his parents to this county when a boy and started out to fight life's battles for himself when twenty-one years of age. He was first employed as a farm hand by the month, spending his time in that way until about thirty years of age, during which period he received about fifteen dollars per month as remuneration for earnest and unremitting toil. That he was faithful and diligent is indicated by the fact that he remained in the service of one man for seven years. He wedded Miss Mary Chamberlain in 1862 and unto them were born four children. Removing from his farm to Barry he there resided for five or six years and afterward took up his abode again upon a farm. He became the owner of about twelve hundred acres of land and had one of the finest country residences in the county. He was practical and energetic in all that he did, a thorough-going business man, who carefully controlled his agricultural interests and dealt quite extensively in stock. He died May 12, 1896, while his wife passed away February 14, 1905.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Dickason has been born one daughter, Helen Louise, whose birth occurred August 12, 1905. The family occupy a beautiful home in Barry, where they have resided since 1901. Mr. Dickason and his wife own altogether over two thousand acres of rich bottom land in Pike county, also are stockholders in the International Bank at Hull and Samuel M. Dickason is a director of the First National Bank at Barry. Upon his farm stock-raising is carried on quite extensively, his attention being given to cattle, hogs and, to some extent, horses. He is a capitalist and a man of good business discernment, who forms his plans readily and is determined in their execution, carrying forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. His judgment is seldom is ever at fault in business matters and his keen insight has enabled him to make judicious investments. His business operations are usually attended with a high measure of success and he has thus won a place among the leading residents of Pike county. His political allegiance is given to the democracy. His wife is a member of the Christian church.

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