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A well known principal of the public schools of Effingham is Professor F. W. Dickerson, who has occupied his present position since September, 1898. He is yet a young man, but has won marked prestige among the representatives of educational interests of his county and in the state. It requires peculiar ability to become successful as a teacher; many men who have broad knowledge cannot impart their information clearly and ably to others, while there are some who are incompetent to maintain the discipline so necessary in schools; but Professor Dickerson fully meets all these requirements and has gained a very enviable reputation in his chosen calling.

He was born at Flushing, Belmont county, Ohio, April 19, 1875, and is a son of J. C. Dickerson, a tailor by trade, who, during the Civil war, served his country as a member of the Iowa Infantry. He was married to Miss Mary Harris, who died during the early boyhood of our subject, who was then reared in the family of H. Howell. In the public schools he acquired his preliminary education, which was supplemented by study in the Campbell University at Holton, Kansas. He first engaged in teaching school near McLouth, and in 1894 he was offered the principalship of the McLouth schools, where he remained until September, 1898, when he accepted the position of superintendent of the Effingham schools. He has been untiring and unremitting in his efforts to further and strengthen the splendid reputation of the schools and his corps of teachers co-operate with him in striving to attain perfection along educational lines. He has few superiors among the teachers of the state and was both popular and successful in the school room, for he has the rare and happy faculty of being able to impart instruction in a clear and pleasing manner, thus creating among his pupils much enthusiasm and a desire for original investigation. His reputation as a teacher extends far and wide, and recently he received an offer from Colonel Cowden, of the United Brethren Sunday School Association, to go to Porto Rico and engage in school work in that island at a large salary.

Professor Dickerson possesses marked musical talent, which he has largely cultivated and therefore improved. When only seventeen years of age he organized and was leader of the McGregor band of Ohio. He is now leader of the Effingham military band and of the Effingham orchestra, and is the possessor of a fine tenor voice, which qualities render him a valuable acquisition to all social functions as well as in church circles. He is a member and chorister of the Methodist church, and not only a recognized leader in the social work of the church there, but is also a worker in the Epworth League. In politics he is a Republican, unswerving in his support of the principles of the party. He is very successful in his chosen life work, owing to his marked ability, is popular in social circles and highly esteemed in all life's relations, for he is ever the advocate of progress, reform and culture.