William Gillitt was born in Onondaga county, New York, June 19th, 1832. In 1852, came to Wisconsin with his
brother and helped to organize the town of La Crescent, near La Crosse. Removed to Hastings in 1858, and for several
years was captain on the Mississippi. He afterward engaged in other enterprises in Dakota county, until purchasing
his present valuable property. Captain Gillitt is better known among his fellow townsmen for his generous and modest
demeanor than as the recipient of public honors or great wealth.
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Dakota County, MN
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