A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931
JOSEPH M. DYE. In the little community of Swea City, Kossuth County, the outstanding figure in many ways is Mr. Joseph M. Dye, lawyer, business man, public official, who has been longer in business in that community than any other resident. Among other distinctions he is the only qualified lawyer in Kossuth County outside of Algona.
Mr. Dye is a native of Iowa, born in Linn County April 1, 1869. His father, Enoch Dye, was a native of Ohio and of English and Scotch ancestry. A brother of Enoch Dye became a celebrated military figure. His name was Col. William Mackay Dye. He took service with foreign countries, was in Egypt and in the Abyssinian war, and later acted as military instructor for the Dowager Empress of Corea. Enoch Dye was an early settler in Linn County, Iowa, and lived in that county until his death at the age of eighty-seven. He was a teacher in early life, later a railroad man, and continued that work until failing eyesight forced him to retire. Enoch Dye married Mahala Kay, who was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Joseph M. Dye attended public schools in Linn County and his early law studies were in the office of Judge William G. Thompson at Marion. He was admitted to the Iowa bar before the Supreme Court at Des Moines, and first practiced at Marion, then at Belmont and from there came to Swea City, Kossuth County, where he made himself a factor in the community not only as a lawyer but as a business man. He has been one of the influential factors in the Republican party of Kossuth County for many years. Mr. Dye was eleven times elected mayor of Swea City. During 1896-98 he was one of the men who conducted the Swen City Herald, under the firm name of Richmen, Edson & Dye. He is a member of the Baptist Church.
Mr. Dye married Lulu E. Doan, who was also born in Linn County, Iowa. Their only son Dewey B., is a business man at Clarksburg, Iowa.