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DILLON, Michael J. Born 1852, Co. Clare. Dayton, Ohio; Sioux City, Iowa, USA.
Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: History of Counties of Woodbury and Plymouth, Iowa. Eds. Will L. Clark, et al. Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1890-91

Michael J. Dillon, hotel proprietor, Sioux City, was born in county Clare, Ireland, May 17, 1852, where his father, Martin, prior to his coming to America, was engaged in farming. They immigrated to America in the spring of 1853, settling on a farm near Dayton, Ohio, in which city the education of our subject was conducted. In the spring of 1870 he came west, settling at Sioux City. The first three years of his residence here he was engaged in several pursuits, but principally in railroading and steamboating on the Missouri river. In the fall of 1873 he abandoned railroading, with a view to farming and took up a homestead in Canton county, Dak., where he remained one season, then sold his right, and again returned to Sioux City.

In 1881 he bought out the Central house, and conducted the hotel for four years. Wishing to improve his location, he sold out, and bought the Planter house property, of which place he is still manager. In June, 1873, Mr. Dillon married Miss Anne C. McKenny. To this union have been born five children, namely Mamie, Joseph, Michael, Annie and Robert. Mr. Dillon and family are members of the Roman Catholic church and in political views he sides with the democratic party.

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