As a pioneer to the western state Joseph Dimmick was like amny others, having attained a good age before he ventured into a new land and new conditions, among which he must hew out a pathway for himself and the children for whom he must win a competence. He was born in Connecticut early in the nineteenth century, and when quite young he accompanied his parents to the state of Ohio, where he remained for many years.
On attaining manhood Mr. Dimmick married Comfort Dean, a native of Virginia, and they lived in Ohio until 1828, when they removed to Illinois, and there remained for twenty-four years, in 1852 being tempted to change their location by the glowing narrations of the brilliant opportunities to be found beyond the Rocky mountains. Breaking the ties and associations of many pleasant and profitable years, they prepared for the journey across the plains, making the same by means of ox-teams. Beyond the events incident to a trip of this nature in the early days they met with no mishap and arrived safely at their destination, the state of Oregon, the broad, rich lands, rather than the wealth of gold, having attracted them from the comparative affluence of the middle west. Mr. Dimmick at once took up a donation claim, located fourteen miles south of Corvallis, and which William Porter now owns. He here engaged in general farming and remained until his death, both himself and wife living to be over fifty years old.
Of the children born to them Joseph and Benjamin are twins, the former now located in Oakland Cal., and the latter in Grant's Pass, Josephine county, Ore.; John and Samuel are in Spokane, Wash.; Athie is now Mrs. Starr, of Benton county; Mary is in eastern Oregon, and Lucinda is now Mrs. Campbell, of Grant's Pass.
"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley"