L.V. Dix was born on July 23, 1843 in Oneida County, NY. He was the youngest of Charles and Mary Alden Dix’s three children. Dix enlisted in the Union Army when he was eighteen, and was assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He fought at Fredricksburg, Antietam, and Gettysburg. He did scout and messenger duty at General Sheridan’s headquarters until he was discharged.
He traveled through the Midwest in 1865, looking for a place to settle. While on a train to Sedalia, Missouri, Dix stretched his legs in Jefferson City. After a chance encounter with a local resident, Dix was convinced to stay. He purchased 160 acres just outside Jefferson City, and established a successful farm and orchard. His son, Charles, expanded the family business, and Charles’ son-in-law opened Dix Nursery.← Hyde, Laurance M. Dallmeyer, William Q. →