Obit: Dickey, Chauncey B. (1872? - 1945)

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Surnames: Dickey, Ackerman, Redmond

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 09/13/1945

Dickey, Chauncey B. (1872? - 9 Aug. 1945)

Chauncey Dickey Dies in Portland

Was Member of a Pioneer Family Residing on the New School Site

Word reaches Neillsville belatedly of the death of Chauncey B. Dickey at the age of 73. He died in Portland, Oregon, August 9. Death took place in the family home, 1205 SE 37th street.

Chauncey Dickey belonged to one of the pioneer families of Neillsville. He was the son of Mary A. Dickey, and was one of the signers of the deed whereby the local school district became possessor of the property intended as a site for the new high school.

Chauncey was a deaf mute. He was handicapped by his affliction, but is remembered by old-timers here as a person of intelligence. He learned printing, and worked for the old Neillsville Press. He was much in the company of Walter Redmond; another deaf mute, who was also a printer.

Chauncey was accustomed to drop into the store and visit with Fred Ackerman, when Fred was a clerk. They communicated by pencil and paper, but Chauncey and Walter made better progress with their fingers, both being adept at the sign language.

Chauncey went west with the rest of the Dickey family, the members of which followed the lead of Edgar Dickey, a successful older brother. Chauncey lived with his sister, Marion, known and respected as a former teacher here. She survives him. She was known here as the active factor in getting the Dickey site into the hands of the local school district.

The Dickey family resided in the small frame house which still stands upon the hill. The house was not occupied after the Dickeys left it. They were said to hold it the thought that they might some day come back to it. But time brought changes, including the gradual ruin of the building.

Chauncey was the fourth child of Mary Dickey. Marion is now the only surviving child. Her sister, Blanche, long a teacher in Neillsville, has been long dead.



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