Husband: Harry Roebuck Dixon

died at age: 38
  Born: abt. 1874 in: England
  Died: 05 Mar 1912 in: Los Angeles, California
  Ref. MCDonald Papers, GWEstey, MSEstey, 1910 census, Death records State file #1038
  Occupation: Machinist for Railroad


Wife: Bessie McDonald died at age: 66
  Born: 29 Apr 1884 in: Los Angeles, CA
  Died: 19 May 1950 in: Pasadena, California
  Ref: MCDonald papers Occupation: Homemaker/Boarder
  Father: Duncan Gray McDonald
  Mother: Emily Alice Fisk
  Ref. MCDonald papers, GWEstey, MSEstey


F Child 1 Violet Althea Dixon died at age: 70
  Born: 14 Jul 1908 in: Los Angeles, CA
  Died: 8 Nov 1978 in:

M Child 2 Donald Roebuck Dixon
  Born: 1910 in: Los Angeles, CA
  Died: ca. 1975 in: Pasadena, CA
  Ref: MCDonald papers Occupation: Automobile Mechanic
  Spouse: Elaine Loretta Horner


Little is known about Harry before he arrived in America. I have some reciepts from Masonic Lodges and railroad tickets (some of which are shown below) that give some idea of his travels before coming to Los Angeles and eventually marrying Bessie McDonald.

Harry arrived in Boston on May 4th, 1893 via the ship "State of Maine" from St John, NB, Canada. His occupation at the time was listed as Seaman. A gap in his whereabouts is from when he arrived in Boston until May 4th 1895 . I have some receipts from Masonic Lodges and railroad tickets (some of which are shown below) that give some idea of his travels before coming to Los Angeles and eventually marrying Bessie McDonald.

Harry was a member of the Shuniah Lodge, A.F.&A. M., No.287, G.R.C., Port Arthur Minn. by the 4th of May 1895. I have copies of Shuniah Lodge Dues receipts for 1 895, 1896, 1901 and 1902. Other Masonic dues receipt for Tuscan Chapter F.A.M., Brampton, MN Feb. 14, 1899; Osman Temple of St Paul, Minn, Nobles of Mystic Shrine Feb. 19, 1902; Wadena Chapter No. 66 Royal Arch Masons, Wadena, MN, Oct. 23, 1902; and Ascalon Commandry No. 16, Knights Templar, Brainerd, MN, Feb 9, 1901 and Mar 20, 1902. Railway receipts for 1901 and 1902 show that Harry was employed as a General Foreman for the Northern Pacific Railway. What can be discerned from these papers is that Harry resided in or around Wadena and Brainerd, Minnesota from 1895 to 1903. On November 17th of that year he traveled to Chicago and then took a one way railway pass on The Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am not sure this is when Harry migrated west finally settling in Los Angeles, CA but it must have been about this time as Harry and Bessie were married about 2 1/2 years later.

Harry died when a steam locomotive exploded in a roundhouse. According to the 1910 census, Harry and Bessie owned the house and property free and clear. The untimely death of Harry is said to be the result of an explosion deliberately set because Harry had crossed union picket lines.

After her husband's untimely death, Bessie took in boarders in the house and in the apartment above the garage. This along with support from her brothers, Harrison and Jack, she was able to remain at home and care for her children.

Grandma Dixon came to our home to live with us in her last years. She had cancer of the esophagus and died soon after surgery to remove the growth. She was a very loving grandmother and in many ways her teaching of the Bible Stories and our shared prayers helped me in my faith in God. (George W. Estey)
























Grandma Dixon

     
Violet Dixon at age 6 months, 2-3 years, 23 years

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