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.