Thomas William Dicker

21 May 1896–October 1983 (Age 87)
Montgomery, Pennsylvania

The Life of Thomas William

When Thomas William Dicker was born on 21 May 1896, his father, Thomas W Dicker, was 31 and his mother, Abby Gardner Howard, was 27. He had at least 3 sons and 2 daughters with Eleanor Antrim Beck. He lived in Jenkintown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States in 1910 and Abington Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States for about 20 years. He died in October 1983, in Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 87.

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Thomas William Dicker
Eleanor Antrim Beck
Thomas Howard Dicker
Mary Elizabeth Dicker
Thomas William Dicker III
Carrie Beck Dicker
Ralph Antrim Dicker

Spouse and Children



    Thomas Howard Dicker


    Mary Elizabeth Dicker


    Thomas William Dicker III


    Carrie Beck Dicker


    Ralph Antrim Dicker


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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1905 · The Movie Theater

Age 9

The world’s first movie theater was located in Pittsburgh. It was referred to as a nickelodeon as at the time it only cost 5 cents to get in. 
1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 23

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Name Meaning

1 English (southwest): occupational name for a digger of ditches or a builder of dikes, or a topographic name for someone who lived by a ditch or dike, from an agent derivative of Middle English diche, dike ( see Dyke ).2 English: regional name from an area of East Sussex, near Hellingly, called ‘the Dicker’ (hence also the hamlets of Upper and Lower Dicker), from Middle English dyker unit of ten (Latin decuria, from decem ‘ten’); the reason for the place being so named is not clear. It has been suggested that the reference is to a bundle of iron rods, in which sense dicras appears in Domesday Book. Such a bundle could have been the rent for property in this iron-working area. Surname forms such as atte dicker occur in the surrounding region in the 13th and 14th centuries.3 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Dick 2, from an inflected form.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas W Dicker in household of Howard J Beck, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Thomas W Dicker, Jr, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Thom W Dicker in household of Thomas Dicker, "United States Census, 1900"

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