California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
HUGH L. DICKSON — While Hugh L. Dickson, attorney of San Bernardino, has not practiced continuously in the city, he has been here a number of years and has built up a satisfying practice, at first alone but in later years with a partner. The firm name is Allison & Dickson, doing a general law practice, but in the main largely civil, and they handle many personal injury cases, in which specialization they have been more than ordinarily successful.
Mr. Dickson has been quite a vital factor in political circles, holding office in the line of his profession and administering the duties of such offices in an earnest, able and industrious manner. That he is one of the city's loyal citizens is evidenced by his returning to it when larger opportunities and greater emoluments had been given to him in the East, successes which would have been a stepping stone to still higher positions. San Bernardino has no warmer booster than Mr. Dickson.
He was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, August 12, 1871, the son of William R. Dickson, a loyal son of the South, who wore the gray and yet served the wearers of the blue as a surgeon, an action which, while it seems strange, is in itself a tribute of the highest order to Dr. Dickson. It was the time when the war feeling ran highest, and yet, when Dr. Dickson was captured by the northern men he was placed in a position in which he could have done great harm to the Union forces. He was surgeon in the Confederate Army, of great reputation, and at once the general in command asked him to assist in caring for the wounded Federal soldiers. He at once went to work, performing surgical operations and in many ways caring for the wounded, intent only on his work of mercy. Many surgeons, both of the Northern and Southern hosts, would have been sorely tempted, many would have succumbed to the temptation to neglect the wounded men. But he worked among them just as though they were Confederate soldiers. When Dr. Dickson was offered pay for his inestimable services he refused it, but he asked that he be given some chloroform to take back to his command so that the, of necessity crude surgery, could be done without the terrible suffering attendant without it. He was given ten pounds of the precious drug and sent back to his command. He died in 1888, after practicing most of his life in Arkansas and Mississippi. The mother of Hugh L. Dickson was Ella P. McConnico, a native of Mississippi, who died at the age of twenty-nine.
Mr. Dickson was educated in the public schools of his native state and then for two years was a student in the literary course of the University of Mississippi. In 1890 he took the senior course in the law school, then entered a law office and in 1896 he was admitted to the bar. He practiced first in Mississippi, remaining there two years, then locating in Kingman, Arizona, where he practiced for seven years. At the end of that period he moved to San Bernardino and practiced until 1909. At that time he went to Peoria, Illinois, as general counsel for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. He remained in that position until 1913, when he returned to San Bernardino and has since been in continuous practice in this city.
He married in 1904 Ola M. McConnico. They have three children, Margaret, Dorothy and Floreine.
Mr. Dickson is a member of San Bernardino Lodge No. 836, B. P. O. E., and was its exalted ruler in 1908. He is also a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. In his first residence in San Bernardino he was district attorney, 1907-8, and he held the same position in Kingman, Arizona, for two terms, 1900-4. He was a candidate for Congress in 1920, but he was defeated in the general republican landslide. The family is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011