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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Just the Right Information: Harley and Walter Dixon, Alma, Nebraska, 1911




When a photograph of siblings is labelled with both birth dates and ages it makes identification so much easier.  These two young fellows are "Harley and Walter Dixon."  The postcard photograph provides additional details, "Harley was three the eight of Jan.  Walter was two the twenty-seventh of May."

These two young boys appear in the 1910 Census in Alma, Harlan County, Nebraska, along with their parents:

James M. Dixon, 32, b. Iowa 1878
Emma Dixon, 26,b. Nebraska 1884
Harley S. Dixon, 2, b. Nebraska 1908
Walter M.Dixon, 11/12, b. Nebraska 1909

The family had solid roots in Alma.  In 1920, Harley and Walter have two sisters:  Ruth, 7 and Alice, 1.  By 1930, Walter is married to Dorthy A. Dixon and has a son named Robert.  Harley is living at home with his parents.

The Social Security Death Index shows that Harley died 17 Jan 1990 in Alma.  His birth date is shown as January 8, 1908, which helps confirm that we have the correct Harley Dixon.  The SSDI tells us that Walter M. Dixon, born 27 May 1909, died two and a half years after Harley on the 10th of September 1992.  He, too, appears to have lived his whole life in Alma, Nebraska.


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