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Dalton, Patrick F. (1838-1922)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/7/2011 at 13:21:17

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel

Patrick F. Dalton Universally Esteemed
and Respected in the Community.
Answers the Final Summons
After a Long Life

P. F. Dalton. a resident of Le Mars for a half century, pioneer banker, successful man of affairs, and a leader in the community, passed away at his home, Seney road, on Sunday morning
July 16, at 2:30 at the age of 84 years. The Sunday prior to his death he suffered a stroke of paralysis and it was thought that the close of his life was near as he gradually grew weaker and
a slight attack of pneumonia aggravated 'the gravity of his condition and the end became a matter of hours.

A few years ago an Illness made him realize that He could not keep up his business activities and at that time he practically withdrew from the management ot the First National bank, of which he was the head and prime factor for many years and spent his remaining days at his beautiful
country home.

Few persons have played a more important part in the development of the material affairs of Plymouth county than Patrick F. Dalton, banker and holder of other extensive interests in this part of the state.

Patrick Francis Dalton was born in Edgeworthton, County Longford, Ireland, on November 24, 1838. After the death of his mother, his father, Matthew Dalton, with his family of four sons and two daughters, started from their native shore for America. They were five weeks at sea, arriving in port in January, 1850. For the first year after their arrival in the new land, they made their home in Brooklyn, N. Y, and then moved to Livingston county, Now York, where they resided
about four years. In 1866 the family moved to Sandusky county, Ohio, where the elder Dalton engaged in farming. At the outbreak of the Civil war Patrick F. Dalton enlisted for service as a private in Company G., One Hundred and Eleventh Ohio volunteer infantry and served with
this command until the close of the Civil war, being mustered out with his regiment in July, 1860. The regiment of which Mr. Dalton was a member participated in a number of Sanguinary
battles during the war. In 1864 Mr. Dalton was promoted to a lieutenancy for gallantry and bravery in the field. At the close of his service in the army Mr. Dalton returned to his
home in Ohio and remained there until 1866 when he moved to Buchanan county, Iowa, where he farmed for two years.

On February 16, 1867, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Tew, of Olyde, Ohio. They lived on a farm near Jesup, Iowa, tor a short time and then moved to Webster City where they lived until 1873.

Mr, Dalton visited Le Mars for the first time in 1872 and realizing the opportunities
offered in the new country, resolved to embark in business here and the following year moved his family to Le Mars, On his arrival be engaged in the grain and coal business in a location near where the Veale Lumber company is now located and continued in this business until he became
connected with, the Plymouth county bank, which was organized in 1873. In 1876 Mr., Dalton became manager of this Institution and from that time until his retirement in January of this year, when he resigned the office of president of the First National bank, was recognized as one of the
leading bankers of Iowa. In the seventies the Plymouth county bank was located just west of the present quarters of the First National bank. In 1882 a building was erected on the present site of the American Trust and Savings bank and the Plymouth county bank became the First National bank of Le Mars. The first directors of the First National bank were P. F. Dalton, J. W. Myers, A. H. Lawrence, I. S. Struble, J. Wernll, F. E, Shaw and M. A, Moore. P . F. Dalton was elected president, J. W. Myers, cashier. In 1900 the bank moved to its present quarters. From the days of the Plymouth Bank until ,very recent years, Mr, Dalton was at his post in the bank the year around
(Continued on page eight) [There is much more on his contributions to LeMars business and society.]

Mr. Dalton was a member of the Giblem Lodge A.F. and A.M. and was a Knight Templar and a member of the Masonic Fraternity, being a charter Shriner.

He is survived by his wife and two sons, E.A. Dalton, president of the First National Bank and R.B. Dalton, cashier in the same institution.

The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:30 at the First Congregational church of which he was a member. The members of Mower Post G.A.R. will attend the funeral in a body.

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