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Eda Hurd Dixon (Lord)

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Birth DateNovember 30, 1876
BirthplaceEvanston Illinois
Death DateFebruary 14, 1926
Death LocationRiverside California
SummaryEda Lord Dixon came from a prominent line of Evanstonians. Her grandfather, Harvey B. Hurd, was the incorporated village’s first president. As a successful lawyer, he served as dean of the Northwestern University Law School, and he also wrote the statutes for the state of Illinois. Her mother Eda Hurd Lord was one of the first successful businesswomen in the city, platting the city’s land and developing a large swath of the residential spaces in the city. Her father George S. Lord worked as a wholesale druggist in Chicago for Lord, Owen & Co., a successful company started by his father Thomas Lord who moved to Evanston from the East Coast in 1857.
SignificanceEda was trained in the art of enamels by Alexander Fisher, a London-based artist; her skill in jewelry-making came from her training with Chicagoan James Winn. During her marriage to William, Eda began displaying the jewelry and other decorative pieces she fashioned from metals and enamels. The first account of her displayed work comes from the Arts and Crafts Society of Detroit in 1907, and the Art Institute of Chicago also exhibited her pieces in 1908. While her work was not accepted as a mast...More
FatherGeorge S. Lord
MotherEda (Edithe) Hurd
Spouse(s) and Occupation(s)William Sanborn Young, member, Chicago Board of Trade (div. 1909) Laurence Beecher Dixon, bookbinder and horticulturist
ChildrenRobert L. Dixon, Richard B. Dixon
Educationtrained in enamels by Alexander Fisher, a London-based artist; her skill in jewelry-making came from her training with Chicagoan James Winn
Years in Evanston1876-1909
SourcesEHC "Lord" Biographical File The Jewelers’ Circular Palette and Bench The Keramic Studio The Technology Review The Writer The Northeastern Reporter Encyclopedia of Biography of Illinois and History of Evanston Riverside, California City Directory, 1925 U.S. Federal Census, 1920 The Evanston Directory, 1905 Ruth Comfort Mitchell, California Biographical Index Card William Sanborn Young, World War I Draft Registration Card, 1917-18 Letter from Charles W. Folds to Mikell C. Darling, 8 ...More

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