The life record of Samuel Dickinson has in it the
elements of inspiration and encouragement to all young men who desire
to make progress in the business world but must start out
empty-handed. Left an orphan when a little lad of but ten years and
with no educational training, he recognized the value of schooling
and from the meager sum of two pence which was allowed him as
spending money by the sister with whom he lived, he saved until he
had thirty-six pence. He then expended eight pence of this for a
dictionary, out of which he studied the derivation, the
pronunciation and the definition of words by candle light, and he is
still an authority upon pronunciation. He thus broadened his
knowledge, using every means that would advance his intellectual
progress, and step by step, utilizing opportunities that have
come his way, he has worked upward until he is today one of the
leading and substantial citizens of Carbon county, Wyoming, making
his home in Hanna, where he is engaged in the dry goods business.
He was born in Preston, Lancashire. England, July 27, 1865, a son of Samuel and Margaret, (Leaver) Dickinson, both of whom were natives of England, wherethey spent their entire lives. The father was a well known cabinet maker and wood worker in his neighborhood, but both he and his wife died during the early boyhood of their son Samuel, who was the sixth in order of birth in a family of seven children. During his early youth he attended school in England but when only eight years of age started out to earn his living, working at whatever he could get to do that would bring him an honest shilling. For a time he lived with his sister and afterward he was employed in cotton mills until he reached his majority. He then determined to try his fortune in America and in 1886 sailed for the new world. On reaching the Atlantic coast he at once started across the country to Carbon, Wyoming, and was employed in various ways that led him through an orderly progression to his present place as one of the leading merchants of Carbon county. He is now owner of a well appointed dry goods establishment, carrying an extensive and carefully selected line of goods which meets with popular favor, while his reasonable prices and honorable dealing have secured to him a steadily growing patronage.
In January, 1888, Mr. Dickinson was united in marriage in Laramie, Wyoming, to Miss Elizabeth Jackson, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Jackson, who were pioneer people of this state. Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson have become parents of four children. Clifford, who was born in Carbon in 1889 and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he completed a course in civil engineering and chemistry, afterward became a student in the Stanford University of California and is now in the employ of the state of Arizona, engaged in mine rescue work. He married Miss Ruth Greenbaum, a representative of a well known family of Laramie. Margaret Irene, born in Rawlins in June, 1896, was a student in the University of Wyoming. Tomino, born in June, 1907, in Cheyenne. is now attending school. John Lutton, born in August, 1891, met an accidental death in August, 1894.
Mr. Dickinson has ever been deeply interested in the cause of education, believing that every child should have his opportunity for that mental training which must serve as the basis for advancement in life. He has for many years served as a director of the school board of Hanna and has put forth every possible effort to raise the standard of the schools and promote their efficiency. He served for one term as a member of the state legislature of Wyoming, to which position he was elected on the republican ticket. He has also been city clerk of Carbon and for many years has occupied the position of postmaster of Hanna. He keeps well informed on the political questions and issues of the day and is ever ready to support his position by intelligent argument. His religious faith is that of the Episcopal church. He is actuated in all that he does by high and worthy purpose and his life record is one which may well serve as a source of emulation for others. It is such records as his that enrich and ennoble the commonwealth and Wyoming classes him among her valued and representative citizens. Fraternally he is a thirty-second degree Mason, having taken the degrees of both the York and Scottish rites, and he is also a past grand chancellor in the Knights of Pythias.