E. C. Dillon Sabine Parish, Louisiana
E. C. Dillon
gentleman enjoys the distinction of being the oldest citizen now
living who was born in the town of Many, and whose life has been
spent in this vicinity. It is not the portion of many men to
live to witness the many changes and wonderful transitions that
have been seen by the subject of this sketch.
grandfather was John Baldwin, "the father of Many," who felled
the first trees for a home here and contributed much to the work
of the early development of the country.
was born at September 10, 1849. His father was Patrick Henry
Dillon, a native of Virginia, and his mother was Jane Baldwin,
daughter of John Baldwin. To their marriage were born two boys,
John Dillon, a prominent citizen of Mansfield, and E. C. the
subject of this sketch. His mother died in 1860, and his
father's death occurred a few years later. He was reared by his
uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Davidson. He is proud to
recall that he received his instruction at old Bellwood College,
near Many, under Prof. Preston, and later in a school conducted
by that learned teacher in Texas.
1871 he was married to Miss Louisa Sibley, daughter of Major
William W. Sibley, and to that union six children Were born:
Daniel Harvey, W. Edward, Davidson, (deceased), Elizabeth (wife
of A. B. Peterson), Lattie (wife Floyd C. Mitchell) and John P.
Two of his sons, D. H. and W. E., are prominent members of the
medical profession in this parish.
death of Mrs. Dillon, he was married to Miss Rilla Self,
daughter of Judge Elijah Self, a pioneer of Sabine and for many
years an esteemed citizen and prominent in the political life of
Vernon parish. Four children were born to them, three now
living: Percy, Josephine and Bertha. Death again claimed his
wife and companion and in 1892 he married Miss Annie Goss of
Pleasant Hill and they have a pretty and pleasant home.
Mr. Dillon is
brisk and active for a man of his advanced age. He has always
been a lover of his town and parish, has always stood for
everything for their glory and and material welfare, and has an
abiding faith in the future of his country. In battling with the
adversities of his long life he has ever been in the vanguard of
the optimists, never losing sight of that star of hope which is
the beacon of the just on earth and in the after-while. His
geniality and open-heartedness have made a him friends wherever
he is known, and these traits of character are manifest every
years Mr. Dillon was engaged in farming, but in later years in
business pursuits, and conducted a drug business under the name
of Dillon Drug Co, He served the past two years as mayor of Many
and was the prime mover in organization of the Parish Fair
Association In 1909, and is the present president of that
Mr. Dillon is
president of the People's State Bank of Many, and it was
principally through his efforts that this bank was started. He
remembers when there was not a cook stove or sewing machine to
be found in the parish, observes that there has been great
progress made since that time, but he hopes to see more.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.