Clarence O. Dimmock, president of the Citizen's State Bank of Hiawatha, is one of the leading financiers of Northeastern Kansas. He was born in Brown county, Kansas, August 5, 1873, and is a son of Oliver and Anthelia W. (Jenks) Dimmock. The father was a native of Norton, Underham, Sommersetshire, England, and, was born February 24, 1829. His father immigrated to Canada, where he spent the remainder of his life. He learned the shoemaker's trade in early life, and came to Missouri, where he followed that occupation until the Civil war broke out, when he enlisted in the army, and after a term of service, came to Kansas in 1865, locating in Brown county, which he made his home until his death, which occurred February 15, 1909. He had been in Kansas as early as 1858, and at the time located a claim, but remained here only a short time. He was successful in his business undertakings, accumulating a large amount of property, and at his death was one of the largest land owners in Brown county. He spent the latter part of his life in retirement, and lived to the ripe old age of eighty years. Clarence O. Dimmock, whose name introduces this sketch, was educated in the public schools of Brown county and the Ottawa University. He then entered the employ of the First National Bank of Hiawatha as bookkeeper in 1893, and remained in that position until 1896, when he organized the Bank of Powhattan, and became cashier of that institution, a position which he held until 1898. He then disposed of his interest in that bank, returning to Hiawatha, where he was engaged in the loan business until 1907, when he organized the Citizen's State Bank, becoming the president of that institution, a position which he has since held. The Citizen's State Bank was organized in 1907, with a paid-up capital stock of $25,000.00, and on January 1, 1908, its doors were opened to the business public. The first officers of the bank were: C. O. Dimmock, president; J. M. Sewell, vice-president; J. D. Weltmer, cashier, and E. J. Dimmock, assistant cashier. The personnel of the officers are the same at the present time, with the exception that E. J. Dimmock is now cashier and F. W. Schofield, assistant cashier. The other members of the board of directors are: B. J. Alexander, W. F. Means, J. B. Weltmer, and D. B. Samuel. The Citizen's State Bank has had a rapid and substantial growth since its organization, and is one of the strong banking institutions of that State. Its first official report, under date of March 9, 1908, showed deposits of $39,455.95, and the official report of March 9, 1914, shows that the bank's deposits had reached the amount of $274,870.39, and every feature of the bank's business has increased in proportion. It can be truly said of this bank, that it is large enough to accommodate its customers and not too large to appreciate them. Clarence O. Dimmock was united in marriage April 7, 1897, to Miss Hattie, daughter of Frank and Jennie (Trent) Sipe, natives of Somerset county, Pennsylvania. They came to Kansas about 1884, where the father followed farming and stock raising. Mrs. Dimmock was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania and received her education in the Hiawatha City schools. To Mr. and Mrs. Dimmock have been born two children: Clarence O. Jr., born July 31, 1906, and Jennie A., born September 17, 1908. Mrs. Dimmock is a member of the Christian church.Pages 188-189 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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