"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Dillon, E. E. president of the Merrill Business College at Merrill, was born on a farm near Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio, March 14, 1880, son of Greer and Hannah (CORN) DILLON. The father was born in Virginia, May 10, 1821, and the mother in Ohio about 1838. After their marriage in Ohio in 1856 the parents settled on the farm where E. E. was born. The mother died when he was but three years old; the father passed away at Scottown, Ohio, on June 16, 1908. Six children were born to these parents: James, now deceased; Margaret, Who is Mrs. Benjamin BROWN of Missouri; Alice, who is Mrs. William WRIGHT and lives at Chesapeake, Ohio; Callie, living at Wilgus, Ohio, the wife of Robert ELLCESSOR; Flossie, now Mrs. Birk MORRIS, of Scottown, Ohio; and E. E., the subject of this sketch. E. E. DILLON received his education in the schools of his home county. He was early attracted to the profession of educator, for which he showed marked ability, taking it up accordingly, after preparing for that work. He taught school in Ohio for six years and then for four years in Indiana. For the five years beginning in 1909 he was a clerk in the United States post office at Muncie, Ind., but returned to his chosen profession at the end of that time. He had taken academic training at Ada, Ohio, in 1901 and at Valparaiso, Ind., in 1905, and had had rudimentary commerical training through a course in the International Correspondence School. In 1917 he entered normal school at Muncie, Inc., for further training in commerical work, and in 1918 became an instructor in the Muncie Business College. He was next with the Tipton, Ind., High School as an instructor in the commerical department. In 1919 he went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and took a short course in the Palmer School of Penmanship there, and at the opening of the fall term in 1920 he accepted a position as a member of the staff of the Cedar Rapids Business College, remaining with this institution until the closing of the following year. In September, 1921, he came to Merrill and purchased a half interest in the Merrill Business College, which was then operated by W. H. AUBUCHON. The school was incorporated immediately after Mr. DILLON became connected with it, and one Jan. 1, 1922, Mr. AUBUCHON sold his interests to H. C. SEDLACEK of Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Mr. SEDLACEK remained associated only until September, 1922, however, when he sold his interests to Mrs. E. E. DILLON. The present officers of the institution are: E. E. DILLON, president and treasurer; Lucile LEWELLEN, vice president; and Mrs. E. E. DILLON, secretary. The school, which is located at 1024 1/2 East Main Street, is well equipped and maintains an excellent teaching force. Mr. DILLON is an able educator both by natural bent and by training, and he is particularly well fitted to conduct an institution of his kind; under his guidance the Merrill Business College is becoming one of the best-known schools of commerical training in this section of the country. June 5, 1909, Mr. DILLON married Harried M. LEWELLEN of Muncie, Ind., who was born in that city on July 3, 1884, daughter of Arthur and Alena (MODLIN) LEWELLEN. Mrs. DILLON is a graduate of the high school at Eaton and for six years before her marriage was a teacher in the public schools; she again took up teaching in 1917, and is now an instructor in the Merrill Business College. Mr. and Mrs. DILLON are members of Scott Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church at Merrill and take and active part in the social life of the community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 663-664; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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