Biography of William P. Smith
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

William P. Stanley was born at Buffalo, New York, in August, 1829. He was left an orphan before attaining the age of three years, since having encountered the many disadvantages of those who climb the ladder alone. When eight years old went to Canada and remained until sixteen, in the meantime learning the harness trade. Thence he went to Watertown, New York, continued his trade until attaining majority. Corning west he located first at Neenah, Wisconsin; in 1852, to Dubuque, Iowa, and in 1853, to Galena, Illinois. Three years later he came to Hastings, Minnesota, and at one started his present line of business, dealer in books, stationery, wall paper, etc., being now the oldest dealer of his kind in Dakota county. Mr. Stanley was married in 1858 to Alvina Day, a native of Damariscotta. Maine. One son and one daughter have been born to them: Mary E. and John A.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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