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Biography of Samuel R. Dillinger

Samuel R. Dillinger. One of the well known families of Clay County is that of Dillinger, which for many years had been active in the grain elevator business, and it had a worthy representative in Samuel R. Dillinger, who is manager of the Farmers Elevator Company at Bennington, Kansas. Mr. Dillinger was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, July 15, 1855, and is the elder of two sons born to his parents, who were Daniel and Nancy (Davis) Dillinger. His younger brother, Daniel Dillinger, came to Kansas in 1886 and is a prosperous farmer in Sherman County. In tracing his ancestry back several generations Samuel R. Dillinger finds that his paternal grandfather, Daniel Dillinger, was born in 1789, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, where his grandfather had established himself when he came from Germany. Daniel Dillinger followed agricultural pursuits in Westmoreland County and died there in 1845. On the maternal side the grandfather, John Davis, born in 1803, in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, was a descendant of a Hessian soldier who settled in Pennsylvania during the War of the Revolution. John Davis came to the West in the early 50’s and settled in Des Moines County, Iowa, where he became a farmer, having previously been a miller. He was married in Pennsylvania to Louisa Groover, and both died in Des Moines County. Daniel Dillinger, father of Samuel R. Dillinger, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in 1829, and died in Des Moines County, Iowa, in 1857. He grew to manhood in his native place, where he followed farming and worked at the carpenter trade, and then came to Des Moines County,...

Wyckoff, Chris – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Chris Wyckoff, age 84 of Rt. 1 Wallowa, died Tuesday June 27th at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. Mr. Wyckoff was born on April 8, 1894 at Luray, Kansas, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Dye) Wyckoff. He served with the U.S. Army during World War I and on July 14, 1918 was married to Frances Naomi Bratton at Lucas, Kansas. They moved to Baker County on February 23, 1937. Mrs. Wyckoff preceded her husband in death on October 31, 1947. On December 28, 1949 he was married to the former Cora Ellena Bratton at Baker. They moved to Wallowa in June of 1950. She preceded him in death on December 31, 1975. Mr. Wyckoff was a member of the Wallowa Methodist Church; World War I veterans; Wallowa Grange for over 25 years where he served as Past Master and Chaplain; was on the executive committee of the Oregon State Grange and was a member of the National Grange. In 1965 he was named Father of the Year of Wallowa County. Survivors include his sons, Dwight Wyckoff, Wallowa; Dean Wyckoff, Bakersfield,; Burl Wyckoff, Seattle; Jean Wyckoff, Corvallis; Richard Sherley, Simi, Calif; Daughters, Mrs. Bette Lewis, Olympia, Wash.; Mrs. Ron (Barbara) Edwards, Baker; Mrs. Warner (Elaine) Stein, La Grande; 29 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; Brothers, Ralph Wyckoff, Osborne, Kansas; Howard Wyckoff, Oak Harbor, Wash.; and other relatives. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday July 1st at the Wallowa Methodist Church with Rev. Floyd White officiating. Vault internment and graveside services were held at 4:00 p.m. at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker. Those who...

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