William Dickson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Dickson was born in Plum, Pennsylvania back in 1858 to David and Margaret. Don’t know how he did it but he began teaching school at 16, then worked briefly as a coal miner. He moved to Chicago where he worked as a teacher, lumberjack, secretary and salesman. There was no moss growing under his feet as he continued to move about. In 1884, he married Mary.

It was reported that Mary’s nickname was “Rattlesnake”, as she was an expert shot, rode horses cross saddle and could match many a man in a game of poker.

In 1903, he purchased a four-story mansion on 38 acres in Ottawa, Illinois. He lost interest in Chicago, using the home for social activities. As I stated before he was not one to stay at one place for any extended period of time. Wherever he travelled he started a newspaper, one in Columbus, Ohio, Kensington, Pennsylvania, St. Paul, Minnesota, Fargo, North Dakota and Grand Forks, North Dakota.

In 1886, he founded the Mutual Newspaper Publishing Company where he established the weekly “Saturday Blade”. By 1909, he was a multi-millionaire. I could go on and on about his adventures and companies he started but my self-imposed word limit is almost up, so I’ll finish.

What you may not know about William Dickson Boyce is that he was the founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile

Posted by


NW Arkansas the home of WalMart, JB Hunt Trucking and Tyson Foods.


Come for a visit stay for a lifetime.  


URL http://www.sellnwa.com 


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Just for Fun
Arkansas Benton County Rogers

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much, James, for sharing this very interesting story.

Mar 30, 2019 03:51 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I bet this is one piece of history that Jay Markanich knows well..he is a pretty good scout !

Mar 30, 2019 03:51 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - oh yes, now I remember the name.  i was a Boy Scout.

Mar 30, 2019 04:21 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a fascinating story. The Boy Scouts.......never would have guessed.

Mar 30, 2019 04:25 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Once you added the last name, yes.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 30, 2019 05:33 AM #5
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning James Dray 

It seems he was a man of unbounded energy and ideas which he brought to fruition

Mar 30, 2019 05:35 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And once again, now I know! Enjoy your day!

Mar 30, 2019 05:37 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well I finally knew this one but you know what they say even a blind squirrel gets a nut sometimes.

Mar 30, 2019 07:37 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Talk about an organization that has evolved over the years which I don’t think the founder would never have anticipated James Dray 

Mar 30, 2019 09:03 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - that's quite the history of a William Dickson.  I would have never guessed he was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America.  

Mar 30, 2019 10:50 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Not a day goes by without my learning something new from you.  Another delightful story about the Boy Scouts.  A

Mar 30, 2019 11:26 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, That is interesting to know about him and the Boy Scouts of America.  

Mar 30, 2019 12:35 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- he packed more in his lifetime than most people do!  Very interesting learning about him. 

Mar 30, 2019 04:11 PM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Now we know a little more about the founder of the Boy Scouts. This might have been his greatest accomplishment and legacy. 

Mar 30, 2019 04:21 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I had no idea, in all fairness in the good old days, people could invent and reinvent themselves and succeed, unlike now days there are too many restrictions to be as creative as they were... what a shame indeed, Ende

Mar 30, 2019 11:21 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What a bundle of innovative energy, William Dickson was, James. Love that he could master two, such major endeavors! Who knew?!

Happy Sunday, James!

Mar 31, 2019 07:12 AM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Good for him, I made it to First Class and that was all for me but I loved the summer camps.

Mar 31, 2019 08:36 AM #17
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


James Dray

Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
Just ask me
Spam prevention