William E. Dixon is vice president of the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Sacramento county and one of the leading agriculturists of the county, besides being in many other ways identified with the public and business affairs of his locality, where he has grown up from childhood and gained a place of honor and esteem among all his fellow citizens.

Mr. Dixon lacked three years of being a native son of California, for he came to the state in 1860 and had been born in Porter county, Indiana, October 22, 1857. He was a son of Alfred and Martha (Biggard) Dixon, his father a native of New Brunswick and his mother of Ohio. His paternal ancestry is all English, and his maternal stock Scotch. In 1860 Alfred Dixon brought his wife and three children from Indiana across the plains to California, following the route by Salt Lake City. The family came direct to Sacramento county and in the fall of the year located on the ranch whre William E. still resides. Alfred Dixon was an early settler of that locality, and lived there, usefully and worthily, for twenty years, until his death in 1880. His wife had passed away in 1875. Just two of their children survive, William E. and Charles H., the latter being in Sonoma county. Alfred Dixon gave political allegiance to the Republican party, and was a man of broad intelligence and more than ordinary learning. He had studied for a legal career during his early life, and had been admitted to the Indiana bar.

Mr. William E. Dixon was reared and educated in this state and in Sacramento county. After attending the public schools he graduated, in 1877, from the Sacramento Business College, and since taking up the serious affairs of life has given his undivided attention to agricultural pursuits. He has been very successful in this line of endeavor, and is now the owner of a fine ranch of six hundred and forty acres near Elk Grove, and in addition leases and farms three hundred and twenty acres in the same neighborhood.

April 26, 1882, Mr. Dixon married Miss Julia Barnes, who is a native of New Brunswick, Canada, a daughter of William Barnes, also of New Brunswick but now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon are the parents of eight children: Edna B., Annie M., Alfred C., Aubrey E., J. Hazel, Ruby H., William E., Jr., and Evelyn.

Mr. Dixon is interested in educational matters in his community, and is a trustee of the Victor school district. He is a Republican in politics. Since its organization he has been an influential factor in the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Sacramento county, and is now serving as a director and also as vice president of this excellent organization.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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