Molton M. Dickson, merchant, Nelson, Ark. This most successful and enterprising business man owes his nativity to Drew County, Ark., his birth occurring in Nelson on July 3, 1860, and is the son of Samuel D. and Sarah I (McQuiston) Dickson, natives of Tennessee. Samuel Dickson was born in Dickson County, Tenn., and is the son of Molton Dickson. He was an overseer on a large plantation near Baton Rouge, LA. After his marriage to Miss McQuiston he engaged in the saw-mill business in Tipton County, Tenn., in company with his brother, Dr. Christopher Dickson, in 1851-52. In 1853 he engaged in the saw-mil business in Drew County Ark., and in 1861 he enlisted in a company of Home Guards, and served until the close of the war. He was killed at his home in April, 1865, by Federals. He was a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, as is also his widow, who makes her home with her son, Molton M. They were the parents of six children, four now living: William C., (a farmer of Drew County), Sarah E., (deceased), Andrew (deceased), Molton M., Mattie B., (Now Mrs. Thompson, of Pine Bluff), and Samuel D. (a farmer of this county). Molton M. Dickson received his education in the public schools of this county, and when twenty years of age commenced for himself by clerking in a general merchandise store at Cavaness Landing, Ark. He remained there for seven months, and then attended school at Somerville, Calhoun County, Ark. After this he was engaged as commissary on the railroad, about eighteen months, and then farmed in this county for a year. He was then engaged in the book business for a year, and in 1886 went to Tipton County, Tenn., where he clerked in a store for two years. After his return to this county he clerked in Monticello for six months, and in November 1888, Mr. Dickson, in company with Dr. R.R. Bond and N.A. Murry, opened up a store of general merchandise at this place. They have since taken C.G. Davis into partnership, and now have the largest trade in the township. They carry a stock valued at $1500, and their annual sales equal $10,000. On October 24, 1889, Mr. Dickson was united in marriage to Miss Sallie E. Adair, a native of Texas, born in Smith COunty, near Tyler, October 20, 1867, and the daughter of Jefferson H. and Ellen (Pace) Adair; they are natives of Alabama. Mr. Dickson owns 200 acres of fine farming land, with about thirty acres under cultivation, and with his business in Nelson is one of the substantial and highly honored men of the county. He is strictly a Democrat in his political views, and his first presidential vote was cast for Grover Cleveland in 1884. His principals are firm and true. He and his wife are members of the Associate Reform Presbyterian Church.


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