Biography of Emilus O. Dickinson
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


Emilus O. Dickinson, a sketch of whose residence appears in this book, was born in Oneida county, N. Y., August 30, 1818, and is the son of Wm. and Lois Dickinson. At the age of eighteen he commenced droving, between Oneida county and Boston, and for a few years has been shipping cattle from the West to New York. When twenty years of age he purchased a farm of So acres in Oneida county, at $25.00 per acre. In 1849 he went to Davenport, Iowa, and engaged in the lumber business, but remaining there only a short time, returned to New York State, and settled in Nunda. November 10, 1850, he was married to Lydia, daughter of Thomas and Elvira Starkweather of Nunda. Was elected Supervisor in 1861, returning the year following, and also in 1874-5. On his farm, which consists of 236 acres and is situated one-half mile east of Nunda, there is a mineral spring which issues from a rock and the water of which has been analyzed and found to possess great medicinal qualities. It has unusual alterative and eliminating power, and one gallon of it is said to contain many more grains of valuable medical substances than the water of any other spring in the State of New York, and some even assert its superiority in that respect, over any other spring in the United States. It is one of that class of springs whose water contains those natural combinations of medicines that occasionally cure cases of some forms of disease which the most skilled among our professional men cannot. No chemist can exactly imitate these natural compounds, and these waters do not operate alone by means of their predominant mineral constituent.

Mr. Dickinson was very instrumental in securing to Nunda its free Union School. He was a Republican until after the death of Lincoln, and then not agreeing with the party became a Democrat. He has four children, as follows : Nellie M., Allie J., Mattie E. and Neva L. His place is one of the finest in the county, being almost unequalled as regards its handsome and commodious buildings. The land is very fertile and watered by several large springs, one of which has been analyzed by S. A. Lattimore, as follows: "One U. S. gallon contains 203.58 grains sulphate of magnesia, 184.41 sulphate of lime, 104.10 carbonate of lime, 6.82 chloride of sodium, 1.05 carbonate of iron, .12 silica, and traces of alumnia." He also says this water belongs to the magnesia class of mineral waters, and will be a powerful agent if judiciously applied.

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