Shelby County, Indiana
Alfred Dickey, senior partner of the firm of Dickey & Brewer, city bookstore, Crawfordsville, was born in Jackson Twp, Shelby Co Indiana June 10, 1846 and is the son of Robert and Dorothy (Allen) Dickey. The former was born in Pa, and the latter in NJ. The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood on the farm, with but meager advantages of education and personal advancement. After he was 12 he lived with his uncle, C. M. Allen, or his uncle's son-in-law, and paid his own way almost entirely, attending school part of the time in winters. May 31, 1862, he enlisted in Co H 54th Ind Vols and served until Sept 27, 1862, when he was discharged, his term of service expired. Sept 28, 1863, he reenlisted in Bat. M, 1st Ind. heavy artillery for 3 years and was in the service until Jan 21, 1866. After the war, Mr. Dickey taught school and attended college at Brookville until his health failed him, when July 1, 1871, he came to the city of Crawfordsville and engaged in the book business, in which business he has ever since been very successfully engaged. Since May 10, 1876, he has been City Treas. During the year 1878 he was grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias for the state of Indiana, and now holds the position of supreme rep. He is a member of the Masonic and Odd-Fellows fraternities. July 17, 1870, Mr. Dickey was married to Miss Margaretta Brewer, and they have one child, Alfred E., who was born June 15, 1873. Mr. & Mrs. Dickey are both members of the Meth. Church. In politics Mr. D. is an ardent defender and supporter of the principles and motives of the republican party. Although a successful business man, Mr. D. does not narrow his mind solely to business, but takes an active par tin politics, reads widely in lit, and holds progressive ideas upon the questions of the age.
History of Montgomery County, Indiana, H. W. Beckwith, (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881), p. 286
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Dickey & Brewer
DICKEY & BREWER dealers in books, wall paper, pictures, and picture-frames, Crawfordsville, have the largest and best assortment of everything in their line of business of any house in the city. They have been in partnership since 1872, and are doing a large business. They have all kinds of books, and all who desire anything in their line will do well to call on them. You will find them pleasant and accomodating gentlemen.
History of Montgomery County, Indiana, H. W. Beckwith, (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881), p. 277
Contributed by Karen Zach
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