J. J. Dickenson


Contributed by: Carol Lackey


J. J. DICKENSON, of Madera, Fresno County, was born in Franklin County, Tennessee, in 1829, and with his parents moved to Missouri in 1840. His father had been connected with agriculture in Tennessee, and was an overseer in the management of plantations. In 1846 he emigrated to California, taking his family and crossing the plains in the company commanded by Captain Campbell. Mr. Dickenson settled in Santa Clara, and during the winter of 1846-47 was a member of the Home Guards, experiencing some active service. He then went to the mines at Mokelumne Hill, remaining one year, and then settled in Stockton, where he built and rented houses, and later engaged in the cattle business.


     The subject of this sketch was educated in the East, and returned to California in 1852. He then started a freight line of ox teams to the mines, which was an extensive business, and later ran a freight line in Nevada until 1865, and then returned to California. He settled in Mariposa County, where he owned lumber interests and operated a sawmill for about seven years. He next settled in Madera as a stockholder of the California Lumber Company and was interested in the conception and construction of the flume which leads back to their extensive lumber interests in the mountains, fifty-five miles away, which was built at an expense of $300,000. The enterprise was a prodigious one and really ahead of the valley, which was then undeveloped, and the company lost everything through the transaction, and the Madera Flume & Land Company came into possession of the property. In 1878 Mr. Dickenson began logging in the mountains for the present company, which he continued until his health failed in 1889.

     He was married in Merced County in 1865 to Miss Amanda Hardwick, and this union has been blessed with three children: Frank, Anna and Ruth, all of whom are living at home. Mr. Dickenson is a member of Madera Lodge, No. 280, F. & A. M., and is a Royal Arch Mason.

Memorial and Biographical History of the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kern, California

Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892

p. 483-484