CHARLES DIX, one of the representative citizens of South Otter Township, is actively interested in every measure promising to promote the general welfare. The portrait presented on the opposite page will be recognized by the majority of our readers as that of the energetic proprietor of a fine farm located on section 12, South Otter Township. Mr. Dix is of New England birth and education. His father, the late Thomas Dix, was born in Hartford County, Conn., and his mother was Mary Weber, whose birthplace was Weathersfield, Conn. From that State they came to Illinois in an early day and settled near Waverly, Morgan County, in which place they lived for twenty years. They then removed to Woodson County, Kan., where the father died; the mother still survives. Eight children were at once the joy and care of the parents whose lives were fraught with the earnestness necessary to pioneers. Of these eight children, six were sons and two were daughters, our subject being the second of the family.
Mr. Dix was born in Hartford, Conn., July 8, 1842. His father's removal to this county occurred when our subject was about nine years of age. He located with his parents in Waverly, Morgan County, and here grew to manhood, receiving a good common school education in the district schools of the county. In 1861 when there was a call for volunteers in all parts of the country to come to the aid and protection of the flag, mr. Dix at once responded and enlisted in Company I, of the Fourteenth Illinois Infantry.
Mr. Dix served in the war for three years, which were fraught with experiences at once terrible and interesting; terrible because of the fact that brother was fighting brother, and that blood was shed on both sides for a cause in which neither right nor equity held any place; interesting because of the fact that never have military maneuvers been so complicated as during the late war, nor has generalship stood so severe a test of ability and leadership. Mr. Dix participated in some of the most desperate battles of the war, being present at the battle of Shiloh, the siege of Vicksburg, the battle of Hatchie's River, also Champion Hills, the battle of Jackson, Miss., and Holly Springs, Miss.
Our subject met with several narrow escapes, having at one time his haversack cut off, and two bullets passed through his left coat sleeve. A bullet struck his gun and rebounding struck his near neighbor, killing him instantly; this occurred at the battle of Hatchie's River. Mr. Dix returned from the army with impaired health, and the rest that farm life offered was the only thing that seemed to promise recovery. He first went to Morgan County, and later came to South Otter Township, Macoupin County, where he remained until 1867. After this he went South, locating in Jackson, Miss., and there he engaged in raising cotton. He spent two years thus occupied and then returned to South Otter Township, settling upon his present farm where he has since lived. He operates three hundred and twenty acres of land and devotes himself to general farming, besides giving his attention largely to raising stock for city markets.
The first marriage of Mr. Dix was solemnized in South Otter Township and his bride was Miss Helena Davidson, a daughter of Alex Davidson, who died in the army at Bolivar, Tenn. By this marriage Mr. Dix became the father of one child, Bessie E., who has since become the wife of Herbert Lancaster. Mrs. Helena Dix passed away from this life December 9, 1878, and was laid away in Grand Cemetery. She was a lovely character and her Christian example was such as to leave a deep impression upon the minds of those with whom she came in contact. She was a member in good standing of the Baptist Church at the time of her death.
The present wife of Mr. Dix was known in maidenhood as Miss Drucilla Rutherford, and is a daughter of Julius and Melissa A. (Landon) Rutherford. The father died in Nilwood township, and the mother afterward married David McGhee, who is since deceased. Mrs. Drucilla Dix was born in Nilwood township, November 19, 1853, and her marriage to our subject was celebrated in Girard. She has presented her husband with one child, a son, names Charles J. Mr. Dix has taken an active interest in political affairs and is an ardent Republican, casting an unqualified vote for party. Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church and he is a member of the Luke Mayfield Post, G.A.R., in the village of Girard.