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Prominent among the highly successful and enterprising business men of Hall. New York, are Dudley Marvin and Edward Baxter Dixon, brothers, sons of Edward and Isabella (Crosier) Dixon, the latter named a daughter of Major Crosier. They belong to that honorable class of men in whom every city takes a peculiar pride, men who by force of character, strength of will and firmness of purpose, joined to natural ability, have come to deserve the distinctive title of self-made.
Dudley Marvin Dixon was born in Hall. Ontario county, New York, March 29, 1870. He obtained a practical education in the public schools of his native town, and this was supplemented by attendance at Canandaigue Academy. Since 1900 he has been engaged in the produce business in partnership with his brother, Edward Baxter, and their business being conducted on the proper basis, honorable and straightforward dealings with all, has proven a success and they are deriving therefrom a goodly income. To give a slight idea of what they are doing, let us take the week beginning August 21, 1911. They received and shipped 1,400 barrels of pears, 500 barrels of early apples, 2,000 baskets of plums, 500 baskets of crab apples, and 3,000 bushels of wheat-this for one week. The banner day of that week they took in of Bartlett pears, 70.000 pounds; apples, 30,000 pounds; plums, 5,000 baskets: crab apples, 1.000 baskets. This has to be taken in, weighed and packed for shipping and is generally shipped the day it is received, in car load lots. To do this then have from 20 to 25 men employed, besides a competent bookkeeper and stenographer. They occupy two large storehouses for the fruit alone, the grain being loaded directly into the cars.
A little way up the road, past the three large warehouses and past several phosphate buildings, we come to a building covering more ground than any of those mentioned (which is not quite completed). This is the new “kraut” factory. Inside there are 24 large tanks, and each cue will hold 20 tons or more of sliced cabbage to make into kraut. Two small machines, with innumerable knives, each of which is capable of cutting up 50 tons of cabbage a day, enable them to make too tons of cabbage per day into kraut. They expect to ship this to all parts of the world. They are well and favorably known in the community, have the respect of their business associates, and have before them the prospect of many years of usefulness. Dudley M. Dixon is a Presbyterian in religion, and a Republican in politics. For four years and six months he served as a member of Company B, Third Regiment New York National Guard. He holds membership in Ark Lodge. No. 33, Free and Accepted Masons: Chapter No. 36, Royal Arch Masons; Commandery No. 29, Knights Templar: Geneva Lodge, No. 1054, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Osceola Lodge, No. 768, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Stanley Grange, Patrons of Husbandry; Elks Club of Geneva, and the Masonic Club of Geneva. He is unmarried.