When Portland was emerging from villagehood William Dalton became a resident of the city. He arrived in Oregon
in May, 1860, and through the intervening period to the time of his death was a valued and respected resident of
Portland. His birth occurred in Coventry, England, in 1835. He was a son of Absalom and Amelia Dalton, the former
a hotel proprietor and also painter and plumber. The father came with his son, William, to America in 1857, making
his way to Oregon where his son, Edwin Dalton, had already located.
William was at that time a young man of twenty-two years. He joined his brother at Portland but in December, 1859,
returned to England to wed Miss Edna Linnett, the youngest daughter of John and Elizabeth Linnett. In March, 1860,
William Dalton and his young wife left Liverpool to make the long journey to Oregon, arriving in May of the same
year. He at once became identified with the commercial interests of the young city of Portland, purchasing a store
on First and Yamhill streets. The young couple lived at the store and conducted the business for several years
but in 1868 they bought property at the corner of 8th and Oak streets where Mrs. Dalton has since made her home.
In 1890 they erected a fine residence on this property. On first coming to Portland William Dalton entered into
partnership with his elder brother, Edwin, and the association was maintained until the latter's death, or until
August, 1857, after which William Dalton continued the business alone and for many years remained an active factor
in the commercial circles of the city. Those who knew him recognized in him a thorough and reliable business man,
one who well merited the confidence reposed in him by the public. After a number of years spent at the original
location he removed his store to Union avenue where he carried on business for an extended period.
To Mr. and Mrs. Dalton were born four children, of whom Herbert C., the eldest, is now deceased; Florence, the
second of the family, is the wife of George Jeffries, an artist; Caroline E., is the wife of Charles Miller, who
is with the firm of Eggert & Young, shoe merchants; William L., who completes the family, is in the mail service.
In 1889 Mrs. Dalton and a son and daughter took a trip to England where they remained for several months, so that
Mrs. Dalton again viewed the scenes of her girlhood days and renewed acquaintances with many of the friends of
her early years.
The death of Mr. Dalton occurred in 1893. He was a musician of note who for many years was connected with the Portland
band. His interest in public affairs was manifested in his active service as a member of the city council and in
his earnest support of the democratic party. His cooperation could be counted upon to further any plans or measures
for the public good and in the long connection with the business Interests of Portland he contributed much to the
upbuilding and progress of the city.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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