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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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E. DILLON & CO., importers; Bloomington. Any man or set of men who engage in a business that builds up the reputation and aggregate value of livestock in any county are always considered as public benefactors; in the history of the business industries of McLean Co., E. Dillon & Co., importers of Norman-French horses, most certainly are of this class. Mr. E. Dillon, the senior member of the firm, is a native of Ohio; he was born in 1816, and, in 1823, he with his people came West, locating in Tazewell Co. In 1864, he came to McLean Co., where he has since resided. They are one among the oldest importing firms of Norman horses in the United States. Their business dates back to 1857, when they purchased the famous imported horse old Louis Napoleon, the first imported Norman horse ever brought to Illinois; since then, they have imported and handled about five hundred stallions and one thousand mares; they have on hand now about eighty head, forty of which are stallions, eight of these being imported stock, and many of the balance native full-bloods; their stock farm is located in Normal Township, though they also have a stable of fine stock on North East street, Bloomington; mail will reach them directed to either Normal or Bloomington. They sometimes turn out with a four-in-hand of fine dapple-gray stallions, each of which will weigh nearly two thousand pounds; it is a sight that causes any and all to stop and wonder at the beauty of the animals. Mr. Dillon is a citizen that for many years has been well known to fine stock-dealers and breeders; he is a man who has been honorable and upright in his business transactions, and has won a name and reputation of which any man may well be proud. The members of the firm are E. Dillon, the subject of this sketch, Levi Dillon, I. Dillon and A. Dillon, all of whom are thoroughly educated horsemen. The establishing and successful conducting of the business has been the result of their energy, industry and good financiering.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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