Peter Dicks may be said to have laid the corner stone of Randleman when in the dim and distant past he put a little grist and oil mill on the banks of Deep River and the became known as Dicksï¿½ Mill.
Peter Dicks was a man of affairs as counted in his day. He was a farmer and owned large tracts of land; he was a merchant, operating a store in the then thriving village of New Salem. He served in many public affairs from the founding of the County of Randolph, having been Clerk of the Court of Equity and Commissioner, of Justice. He was one of the founders of New Garden Boarding School, now Guilford College, and throughout his life remained trustee of the school.