Submitted by: Chris Dixon
Source: Aledo Times Record 31 July 1946
F.C. DIXON OF N. BOSTON DIES THIS MORNING
Native of County Was Known Nationally As Breeder Of Fine Ponies
F.C. Dixon of New Boston, nationally known pony breeder and racer, died Wednesday morning, July 31, 1946 at Hershy hospital Muscatine, where he had been a patient since Saturday. He 87 years old.
Mr. Dixon, a native and life resident of New Boston, was born July 18, 1859, the son of William and Mary Beach Dixon. He was educated in the New Boston schools and after leaving school worked on farms until 22 years of age when he went into business for himself, opening a livery stable behind his home. Married in 1886 He was married Dec. 22, 1886 to Miss Josephine Hartwig, who died in 1916. One son and one daughter also proceded him in death.
Mr. Dixon operated the Scudder house livery stable for a time and later the Myers hotel livery stable, later operating his own stable until 1917. He also operated a grocery store and a furnature stor for a time, was bank president in New Boston for years, and raised and trained race horses. Largest Farm Mr. Dixon was in the pony business for more than 60 years, and his farm was credited with being the largest pony farm in the United States.
His animals showed in the International Stock show in Chicago for years and at state and county fairs all over the country, winning numerous blue ribbons. His farm was nationally known as a breeding and training place for exposition ponies. Knew Work Well Mr. Dixon's eyes failed several years ago, but he was so well vested in his field that he could judge a ponies value and condition with his hands. He retired from business a year ago.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Lorin Willits with whom he has made has home in recent years, five grand children and four great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Aledo newspaper 31 Jul 1946
SUCCUMBS - F. C. Dixon (above), 87, of New Boston, died at 9:30 o'clock this morning in Hershey hospital, Muscatine, after a brief illness. He operated the nationally-known Dixon pony farm near New Boston until retiring a year ago and had served as president of the New Boston State bank for several years prior to its closing in 1930.
Mr. Dixon was born July 18, 1859, in New Boston, a son of William and Mary Beach Dixon. He was educated in New Boston and was married here on Dec. 22, 1886, to Josephine Hartwig, who died in 1916. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lorin Willits, with whom he resided in New Boston; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A son, Earl, and a daughter, Mrs. James Brashear, preceded him in death. The body was taken to the Olin funeral home, New Boston. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Mr. Dixon was in the pony business for more than sixty years. He was credited with having the largest pony farm in the nation. He operated a dairy in connection with the pony business. At one time he managed a furniture store and later a grocery store. He had conducted a livery stable for 36 years until automoblies made the business unprofitable.
Source: - Aledo Democrat 31 July 1917
Josephine HARTWIG, second child of George and Amelia Tolle Hartwig, was born in New Boston, Illinois, January 14, 1861, and departed this life at her home in New Boston on Monday evening, July 23, 19l7, at 7:00 o'clock, aged fifty-six years, 6 months and 9 days. On December 22, 1886, she was united in marriage to F.C. Dixon. To this union was born one son, Earl, and two daughters, Florence and Estelle, all of whom are left with their father to mourn the death of one so dear. She also leaves one sister, Miss Kate Hartwig, one little grandson, Clifford Earl Dixon, and three nephews, Paul and Gail Hartwig of New Boston, and Carl Reynolds of Redwod Falls, Minnesota. Her father and mother, one sister, Emma, and brother, Louis, preceded her in death. Her relatives, together with a host of friends, will sadly miss her in the years to come. She won many friends, to whom she was true and steadfast by her kindly and agreeable ways. Her greatest pleasure was in her home and ministering to her family. She was a member of the Eastern Star lodge, No. 204, New Boston Chapter. Funeral services were held from the home on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. W.L. Barnes of Mason, Illinois, former pastor of the M. E. church here assisted by Rev. A.A. Waters, being in charge of the services. Rev. Barnes spoke from the text "We Look Through a Darkened Glass." Miss Florence McKown presided at the piano. The large gathering, from far and near, with the profuse offerings of flowers, attested to the love and esteem in which deceased was held by all who knew her. Interment was in the New Boston cemetery. Card of Thanks We wish to express our sinere thanks to the many friends who so kindly assisted us at the time of our recent bereavement in the loss by death of our beloved wife, mother and sister. F.C. Dixon and Family.