A special dispatch from New Orleans, La., at the time of going to press, brings the announcement that Capt. John Dibert had died at his home on St. Charles Avenue in that city shortly after 11 o’clock on Wednesday evening of this week. Capt. Dlbert had been ill several months, but in spite of his physician's fears that a fatal termination was probably imminent his friends’ faith in his recuperative powers was unshaken until the ?nal shock broke it.
Of Scottish ancestry, Captain Dibert was a native of Spring?eld, Ohio, where, born in 1848, he received a common school education and his early training as a lumberman, the latter in his father's sawmill at or near that place. His later ?eld, or the scene of the larger stage of his lumbering career, was, however, found when going south during the early history of the Lutcher & Moore Lumber Co.'s operations at Orange, Tex., the active charge of its large yellow pine lumber operations was reposed in him and the road to success was laid open before him. Later on following the time when the Lutcher & Moore interests organized and installed their cypress operations as the Lutcher & Moore Cypress Lumber Co., at Lutcher, La., with a large backing of previlously acquired timber, it was under his active general management that the enterprise proved the conspicuous success for which it has mean time been noted throughout the lumber circles of the country.
Associated from these earlier times with Henry J. Lutcher, J. Bedel Moore, W.H. Stark and Dr. E.W. Brown, all o?icers of the Lutcher & Moore Lumber Co., it was, with Captain Dibert, the same personnel that organized and incorporated in 1891 the cypress company already mentioned. The Dibert, Stark & Brown Cypress Co., established later at Donner, La., a point on the Southern Paci?c Railroad, with L.W. Gilbert an active and resident associate of ability and many personal graces, it will be noted consisted of the same personnel except Messrs. Lutcher and Moore. The two cypress enterprises promptly attained to large proportions and, as a result ofthe peculiarly liberal and scrupulous policy for which Captain Dibert was chie?y distinguished, attained to widely established favor in the trade circles ofthe country.
Formerly domiciled at Lutcher, Captain Dibert’s home of late years has been in New Orleans, which city afforded him a more centrally convenient base than either ofthe other points mentioned. It was here, too, that he became actively identi?ed with various local enterprises of note and which with his lumbering interests and activities greatly enlarged and widened his prestige as a man of successful affairs as well as adding to the demands upon his time and attention. These notably included the sawmill and other woodworking machinery manufacturing house of Bancroft, Ross & Sinclair Co., whose extensive shops are operated in the outskirts of New Orleans; the ?rst vice-presidency of the Interstate Trust & Banking Co., and directorships in the New Orleans Railways Co. and the Southern Cypress Manufacturers’ Association, to say nothing of investments and interests elsewhere.
Captain Dibert’s personal character and bearing were chie?y noted for unswerving probity, fairness, liberality and the absence ofthe slightest suggestion of affectation or ostentation. In his relations to his fellowmen his counsel was welcome and valued for its clearly de?ned conservatism, intelligence and candor. What he said in his habitually quiet way was rarely less or more than what he meant and the truth; his heart was warm, his hand was open, his deeds were above board, unstained and blameless. He will be missed, but so will ho be remembered with a depth of kindly sorrow and regret that the memories of only good men deserve or leave behind. Captain Dibert is survived by Mrs. Dibert and three nieces, the Misses Christine and Catherine Dibert and Mrs. C.P. Gable, of Donner, La., all adopted daughters. The funeral, largely attended by sympathizing business associates, friends and neighbors, was held at the family homestead on Thursday. Interment was in Metaire Cemetery, the most beautiful of ?nal resting places in New Orleans.