Samuel H. Dillin, son of Samuel and Jane (McMahan) Dillin died at noon Friday at the home of his son, Samuel E. Dillin, in Poplar Street, where he had been ill for the last six weeks. The immediate cause of his death being a stroke of paralysis which he suffered on Wednesday.
Samuel H. Dillin was born on a farm south of Ireland, IN, Dubois County, Indiana, July 7, 1852, being 77 years 1 month and two days of age at the time of his death. He was one among the last of a family of 11 children born to Samuel & Jane Dillin, his father coming to Dubois County from North Carolina when a boy in the year 1812.
The family have always lived near the little town of Ireland where he has many relatives and friends. He was married to Hester A. Dillen September 3, 1872, and began life as a farmer on a part of the old family homestead. He was interested in general farming and in the raising and feeding of livestock, being one of the most successful farmers of his community. In his early years he engaged in school teaching and being interested in educational matters was twice elected Trustee of Madison Township in Dubois County, Indiana.
In 1889 he was elected County Commissioner in Dubois County, being the only republican ever to hold that office of Dubois County. As an official both in the township and in the County, he stood for honesty and integrity in office and by his close application to duty was able to save much money to the taxpayers of his community.
Forty eight years ago he became a member of Shiloh Lodge I.00.F of Ireland and became very active in that Lodge. He always enjoyed meeting the brethren and while serving as District Deputy for said Order was instrumental in establishing new Lodges at Duff and at Norton in Dubois County.
was a strong advocate of
temperance and sobriety. During
long years he lived in Dubois County and never permitted a saloon to
Ireland, but always when applications were made, proceeded to carry a
remonstrance against them and always successfully.
So strong was his opposition to the Licensed Saloon that
the three years he served as Commissioner, when there were many Saloons
Dubois County, he always filed his written objection to the issuance of
licenses for that purpose and they could only be granted by the other
His was a useful and active life, and he will long be remembered in the old community as well as in Jefferson Township in this county where he has lived on a farm west of Otwell for the past 24 years.
His wife Hester A. Dillin died 9 years again last February, since which time he has remained alone on his farm save that he has frequently lived for short periods with his daughters, Clara Stewart and Alice Parks.
He was the father of nine children, five of whom are still living: Samuel E. Dillin of Petersburg, Benjamin F. Dillon of Washington, IN, Fred T. Dillin of Faitview, WA, Alice Parks of Huntingburg and Clara Stewart of Ireland, IN.
He is also survived by one brother, Rev. E. E. Dillin of Kerney, Neb, and one sister Belle Brenton of Indianahoma, OK. There are also 14 grandchildren and many nephews and nieces and other relatives.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the Presbyterian Church at Ireland, IN, and burial at Shiloh Cemetery east of that place. His last public activity being that of securing the incorporation of the Shiloh Cemetery Association, resulting in the rebuilding of old Shiloh Church and the beautification of the Cemetery, which was accomplished last year.
He was a member of the Local Presbyterian Church, Rev. J. C. McClung the pastor having charge of the funeral.
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