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.
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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