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About Mary Emma Richardson

EDWARD LOTHROP DIMOCK, one of the oldest citizens of Janesville, Wisconsin, was born in Genesee county. New York, October 13, 1819, and is the son of Horatio Dimock and Teresa Maria ne'e Hinkley, both natives of Tolland county, Connecticut. Horatio Dimock, who was an honest man and devoted Christian, died in March, 1844, in the fiftieth year of his age, in the town of Elba, New York, to which State he had immigrated in 1816. The mother of our subject, who is still living, resides with her daughter, Mrs. Dr. J. B. Whiting, of Janesville, and is a most lovely and exemplary Christian woman. The grandfather of our subject. Captain Edward Dimock, of Connecticut, was a soldier in the revolutionary war, and subsequently held several positions of trust and honor from his fellow-citizens, among them that of high sheriff of his native county. The family is of Scotch descent, some five or six generations since.

Edward lived on a farm till the age of thirteen, attending the district school regularly during the winter months, and became an expert mathematician and fair English scholar. In his fourteenth year he moved to Rochester, New York, and clerked for ten years in a dry-goods store in that city. Thence he removed to Buffalo, New York, where he was engaged one year in a like capacity, and, having saved a little money, he resolved to try his fortune in the West. Accordingly, in June, 1845, he removed to Janesville, Wisconsin, where he engaged in mercantile business, which he carried on successfully for six years, when he turned his attention to banking, and was elected cashier and afterward president of the Badger State Bank, a position which he held until September, 1857, when the institution shared the fate of so many others in the memorable monetary revulsion of that year. In this disaster Mr. Dimock lost all his previous accumulations.

In 1858 he turned his attention to the business of insurance, and became local, special and State agent for various companies, and is still (1877) conduct- ing the business with success. In the spring of 1854 he was elected alderman of the second ward of the city of Janesville, and in the spring of 1855 was elected mayor, serving one term, and subsequently held other city offices. He was for five years a director in the Milwaukee and Missouri (now the Milwaukee and St. Paul) Railroad Company. He was also a stockholder, and for four years, ending with 1 86 1, lessee of the Janesville Gas Works, in connection with the late Timothy Jackman. He was a charter member and first secretary, of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Milwaukee, now one of the largest and most successful companies of the West. He was for many years an Odd-Fellow in connection with Wisconsin Lodge, No. 14, Janesville, and for thirty years past has been a member of Western Star Lodge, F. and A. M.; also a Worthy Chief Templar of the Temple of Honor, and chief officer of that organization.

In religious opinion he is Protestant, and prefers the Episcopal church, and is a vestryman of Trinity Parish, Janesville, but is not in communion. In politics he has always been a republican, but is not a strong partisan.

In stature Mr. Dimock is slightly below the average height, with compact and well developed frame, capable of great endurance. His mental characteristics are well marked, having a clear perception and an analytic mind ; his mental processes are so rapid that his conclusions often seem intuitive, rather than the natural result of ratiocination. He is a public-spirited man, and being one of the early settlers of Janesville, has taken a deep interest and contributed in no small degree to its growth and development. At the twenty-fifth anniversary of his marriage, which was celebrated some five months ago, a friend who made the formal presentation of the gifts bestowed said: "In the upbuilding of this beautiful little city of the prairie, it is not too much to say that you have done your full share; and when its history is written your name will occupy an honorable and conspicuous place upon its pages." He is a man of clear convictions and positive opinions, and when his views are called for they are given in a manner so definite and emphatic as to leave room for no doubtful construction. He was one of the organizers of the Temple of Honor in Janesville, having for its object the reclaiming of inebriates, and is at the present time its principal officer. He is an earnest worker in this most worthy cause, and many an. unfortunate who was being hurried to ruin has been restored to self-respect and good citizenship by his efforts and kindly sympathies.

Mr. Dimock was married on the 30th of October, 1851, to Miss Emma C. Hanks, daughter of Colonel L. B. Hanks, for many years a prominent business man (still living, but retired,) of Hartford, Connecticut, and sister of L. S. Hanks, cashier of the State Bank at Madison. She is a lady of much beauty of mind and person, cultivated and refined, and the center of a large circle of the best society in Janesville, but, withal, modest and unassuming. She is an exemplary member of the Protestant Episcopal church, and is in sympathy with all that is charitable, lovely and of good report. They have had five children, four of whom died in infancy, leaving an only daughter surviving, Mary Emma, a young lady of much promise, who was educated at St. Mary's Episcopal College, Faribault, Minnesota, under the charge of Bishop Whipple. Handsome, graceful and accomplished, she is destined to a career of usefulness and honor. She also is a member of Trinity Episcopal church.

Bibliographic information:

  • The United States biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent and self-made men; Wisconsin volume
  • by American Biographical Publishing Company
  • Digitizing sponsor MSN
  • Contributor Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
  • Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
  • Pages 1108
  • Page 468



The conditions under which industrial and commercial enterprises of magnitude are prosecuted in this age of phenomenal advancement in all lines of human activity demand men who are forceful and of strong potentiality, courage and judgment. Numbered among such representatives in the personnel of the successful business men identified with the material and civic progress of Janesville and Rock county, Wisconsin, stands Victor Pease Richardson, president of the New Doty Manufacturing Company and one of the most prominent and progressive citizens of southern Wisconsin. Mr. Richardson was born in Janesville on the 10th of June, 1859, and is the son of Hon. Hamilton and Caroline (Pease) Richardson, who were of English and Scottish descent mainly. Hamilton Richardson was for many years one of the most prominent and influential citizens of Wisconsin and is referred to at length on other pages of this work.

Victor P. Richardson secured his elementary education in the public and high schools of Janesville and was then appointed to a cadetship in West Point Military Academy, where he remained three years. At the end of that time he returned home and became identified with his father's business, which was then the Doty Manufacturing Company, manufacturing punching and shearing machinery. He took an active part in its management and when, in 1883, the name was changed to the New Doty Manufacturing Company he became president of the company, a position he has retained to the present time. He also has other local interests but his business interest is centered chiefly on the company with which he has been identified for so many years. Invulnerable integrity and high purpose have characterized his life and he has made an indelible impression on the community honored by his residence. Not .only has he accomplished much in connection with the practical affairs of life, but his nature, strong and vigorous, has found expression in generous deeds and fruitful service for humanity, so that today he stands in the front rank of Janesville 's truly representative citizens.

Despite the heavy demands made upon his time and attention by his business interests, Mr. Richardson has always found time to contribute to the public welfare, in the promotion of which he has been an important factor. He served as mayor of Janesville for two successive terms, 1900 to 1904 inclusive ; has served as president of the city board of education, has been a member of the fire and police commission and the vocational school board, being still a member of the latter board. He is also a member of the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, belonging to all branches of the order, and also belongs to the Janesville Rotary Club.

On November 23, 1885, Mr. Richardson was married to Miss Mary Dimock, the daughter of Edward L. Dimock, whose family was among the very earliest white families to settle in this locality. To Mr. and Mrs. Richardson have been born three children : Emma, Sybil and Caroline Pease. Emma was born July 27, 1889, and is now the wife of Henry G. Skavlem, a noted mining engineer now engaged in that capacity at Schumacher, Hudson Bay district, Canada. Caroline Pease, born November 14, 1897, is the wife of Donald B. Korst, of London, England. Sybil Hanks, twin sister of Caroline, is an opera singer and is now in Germany.

Bibliographic information:

  • The Rock River Valley : its history, traditions, legends, and charms
  • by Way, Royal Brunson; S.J. Clarke Publishing Company
  • Publication date 1926
  • Publisher Chicago : S.J. Clarke
  • Digitizing sponsor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Volume 2
  • Possible copyright status Public domain. Published 1923-1963 with notice but no evidence of copyright renewal found in Stanford Copyright Renewal Database. Contact for information.
  • Pages 662
  • Page 391

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Mary Emma Richardson's Timeline

July 27, 1859
Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States
July 29, 1889
Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States
November 14, 1897
Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States
November 14, 1897
Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States
July 24, 1939
Age 79
Wisconsin, United States
July 24, 1939
Age 79
Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States