Memorial gift to historical society presented in honor of former Burlingame area family


Dale Dickson

The Burlingame Historical Preservation Society has announced it is the recipient of a $25,000 memorial gift, given in honor of William, Jane and Dale Dickson, former residents of the Burlingame area. The gift was given by Dale’s wife, Margie Dickson.

The Dickson family has a long history in the Burlingame and Auburn area, with William Howard Dickson being born Feb. 29, 1872, west of Auburn, and his wife, Jane Ellen Jones Dickson, born south of Auburn on Jan. 3, 1886. Her mother died during her birth. A neighbor lady, Mary Kelley, raised her for several years until her father remarried.

The Dickson family made their home on 19 acres three-fourths of a mile east of Burlingame on Highway 56. Jane Dickson inherited the property from her father, Hugh “Sailor” Jones.

William Dickson farmed using all horse-drawn equipment. He rented several farms nearby and was township road foreman. On Nov. 15, 1927, at age 55, he died in a dynamite explosion while working on a county road about halfway between Burlingame and Auburn.

Jane Dickson remained in Burlingame the rest of her life, raising her family alone. She died at age 71 on Nov. 15, 1957. Both William and Jane are buried in the Burlingame Cemetery.

Dale Jones Dickson was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Burlingame, to William and Jane Jones Dickson. A brother, Jean, was two years older than Dale.

Dale Dickson grew up in Burlingame, and graduated from Burlingame High School in 1938. He later graduated from Dodds School of Business, in Topeka. He and Margie Lee Harrison were married on Sept. 27, 1947, in Topeka.

For more than 38 years, Dickson worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. When he retired in 1985, he was area manager outside plant engineer. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Asian, North African and European theaters. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Northland Christian Church, Topeka, Disabled American Veterans, and a former member of The Sunrise Optimist Club, Topeka.

Dale and Margie moved to Bella Vista, Ark., in 1989, where Dale died on Dec. 5, 2010, at the age of 89.

As a memorial for Dale and his parents, Margie Dickson presented the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society the gift of $25,000.

In an announcement of the gift, the society noted, “Knowing Dale was among the many who received an elementary education in our building (former school building now housing the Burlingame Schuyler Museum), we hope his memories of his days here were happy ones.”

For more information, contact the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society, P.O. Box 74, Burlingame, KS 66413, or call 785-654-3170. Burlingame Schuyler Museum is at 117 S. Dacotah St., Burlingame.

Information thanks to Carolyn Strohm and the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society. Courtesy photo.

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