Edward E. Dix, general agent of the Frisco railroad at Fort Scott, Kan., was born at Lawrence, Kan., March 21, 1860, son of Ralph C. and Jette (Graham) Dix. The father was born at Wethersfield, Conn., and the mother at Freeport, Ill.; they both came to Kansas when it was a territory. Ralph Dix had learned the mechanic's trade in the East, but desired a larger field for his activities and started for the West. In company with the father of Frank Faxon of Kansas City, he drove from Chicago to Kansas in 1855. He located at Lawrence and at once began to manufacture plows, the first industry of the kind started in Kansas. His principal sales were to the Indians. During Quantrill's raid Mr. Dix and a brother were killed. The family home was burned, as it was located at the point where the fiercest fighting took place, adjoining the Johnson House. At the time of her husband's death Mrs. Dix was left with three small childrenEdward, and twin girls, Belle and Lucy. The first named of the daughters married Hon. George H. Edwards of Kansas City, Mo., and the latter is the wife of W. S. Kinnear, of Columbus, Ohio. Subsequently Mrs. Dix married W. J. Flinton, editor of the "Lawrence Gazette," and still resides in Lawrence. Edward E. Dix was educated in the public schools of Lawrence until sixteen years old, when he started in life for himself as messenger boy on the St. Louis, Lawrence & Western railroad. He was ambitious, bound to succeed, and gradually worked up to telegraph opeator, being stationed at different points on the line, the last one being Carbondale. When the railroad went into the hands of a receiver the line between Carbondale and Lawrence was given up and Mr. Dix returned to Lawrence, where he remained until 1878. He then entered the employ of the Frisco system and was agent at various places along that road until 1882, when he was appointed agent at Fort Scott, which position he filled until 1900, when he was made general agent there and has since remained in that capacity. He has made the railroad business the study of his life and is regarded as one of the most competent men employed by the Frisco system in Kansas. Mr. Dix has always been active in local affairs, is interested in the growth and development of Fort Scott, and has been president of the Fort Scott Business Men's Club. He belongs to the Masonic order, being a Thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine; he also belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Dix has always been a Republican and in 1900 was appointed by Gov. Stubbs a delegate to the National Conservation Congress which met at Minneapolis, Minn. He is progressive in his ideas, studies all the problems of the day, and is one of the wide-awake business men of Fort Scott. On Oct. 21, 1900, Mr. Dix married Sarah Miller, who was superintendent of music in the public schools of Fort Scott. She was born and reared in Indiana. One son has come to themJohn Perry, born June 2, 1902.Pages 1216-1217 from volume III, part 2 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 December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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