Biography of W. G. Dye
Winona County, MN Biographies

W. G. DYE, United States revenue collector for the twelfth Minnesota district, is a native of New York State, and a printer by trade. He came to Winona in the early days of its history, 1854, and that same year assisted, as compositor, in getting out the first number of the "Argus," the pioneer newspaper of Winona. From that date until 1881 he was identified with the newspaper interests of this city, and is abundantly qualified to speak concerning them. In 1855 Mr. Dye started the "Republican" as a joint stock enterprise, and of this he was manager and publisher. The following spring, 1856, in connection with D. Sinclair, he bought out the stockholders' interests, became business manager of the journal (D. Sinclair conducting the editorial department), and so continued until he sold out to his old partner in 1881, having maintained a continuous connection with the "Republican" for over a quarter of century. July 1, 1881, he received his appointment as United States revenue collector, and is still in office. In company with Thomas Simpson and Henry Wickersham, the latter, years since, removed from Winona. Mr. Dye was initiated into the mysteries of Odd Fellowship May 6, 1856, and these gentlemen were the first initiates of Prairie Lodge, which at the time of their admission numbered five members. Mr. Dye is not only a representative member of the order in Winona and Minnesota, but is well known in the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Order in the United States. He has filled all the chairs of the order; was deputy grand master of the state; grand representative in 1865-6; and now for nine successive years has been grand representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Mr. Dye is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, and an affiliate of Winona Lodge, No. 18, Winona Chapter, No. 5, and of Cceur de Lion Cornmandery, No. 3. He is married, has two children in school, and one daughter graduated from the high school class of 1882.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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