Biography of William H. Dillon
Adams County, NE Biographies





William H. Dillon is proprietor of the lunch room at the Burlington depot in Hastings, in which connection he is maintaining a well appointed establishment, catering to the needs of the traveling public, recognizing the fact that promptness, efficiency, cleanliness and good foods are salient elements in the attainment of success along the line of his chosen business He was born in Delaware county, Iowa, on the 16th of December, 1840, a son of Gilbert D. and Mary (Schoonover) Dillon, who were natives of New York. It was in the year 1836 that the father removed westward to Iowa, then a part of the territory of Wisconsin, and established the first bank at Dubuque. He was prominently identified with the pioneer development of the state and was a leading factor in financial circles in the early days. He died in 1874, while his wife survived only until 1875. In their family were eight children, of whom William H. is the third in order of birth.

During his youthful days William H. Dillon assisted in the farm work and attended the district schools. He afterward continued his education in a college at Epworth and in 1864 began clerking in a dry goods store in Dubuque, where he was employed for three years. He afterward returned to the farm, on which he spent the succeeding period of two years, when he resumed active connection with the dry goods trade at Worthington, Iowa, conducting business at that point for two years. He then sold out and devoted nine years to the insurance business, being special agent and collector for the Watertown Fire Insurance Company. In 1879 he engaged in the grocery business at Hopkinton, Iowa, where he remained until 1883, when he came to Nebraska. Here he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on the Indian Reservation and afterward sold that property, removing to Hastings in August, 1885. Here he resumed active connection with the insurance business, in which he engaged until February, 1886, when he became interested in hotel life, conducting the New England House for one year. He likewise conducted the Commercial Hotel for two years and in February, 1889, took charge of the Bostwick, which he managed for twenty two years. He now conducts the lunch counter at the Burlington depot to keep in active touch with business, for indolence and idleness are utterly foreign to his nature and he would not be content without some active interest in the city. He is also the owner of farm lands and from his property derives a substantial annual income. He has always led a very busy life and his unfaltering industry, intelligently. directed, has brought to him the substantial measure of success which has crowned his efforts.

In 1871 Mr. Dillon was united in marriage in Iowa to Miss Nellie Hayward, a daughter of the Rev. W. H. and Lydia Hayward, and unto them has been born a daughter, Mrs. Grace G. Stitt, who now has one son, Harold. Mrs. Dillon is a member of the Congregational church and is quite active in both club and church circles in this city, formerly serving as president of the Women's Club of Hastings. In his political views Mr. Dillon is a republican but is not an office seeker, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his individual interests, whereby he has won a substantial measure of success. His plans have always been carefully formulated and promptly executed and he has allowed no obstacle nor difficulty to bar his path if it could be overcome by persistent, earnest and honorable effort.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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