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Arthur Orison Dillon

  • Birth 7 Jul 1873 Lexington, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 23 Jan 1958 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Ontario, San Bernardino County, California, USA
  • Plot F-007-04
  • Memorial ID 20881309

The Los Angeles Times, January 26, 1958

POMONA, Jan. 25 - Graveside services for Judge Arthur Dillon, 85, former Chino city judge and Ontario City Councilman, who died Thursday, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Dillon was a teacher and lawyer. He served as City Judge from 1916 to 1920, was a member of the City Council for four years and secretary Chino Chamber of Commerce for seven years.
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Lawyer, poet, and genealogist. He attended the State College at St. Cloud, Minnesota. He taught school for several years and served as Deputy United States Marshall in Washington, in 1894 before undertaking the study of law. He obtained his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1906. In 1913 he took up the practice of law at Chino, California. While in Chino, he served as City Judge from 1916 to 1920. His poetry was published in newspapers in Minnesota and California. He eventually moved to Ontario, California in July, 1922. In Ontario, he served on the city council.

Arthur never married.


Though his monument summarizes him as a poet and author, he was first of all, an attorney of some considerable influence. Poetry and authorship were a smaller part of his life. "Arthur Orison Dillon, son of Peter Orison Dillon and Belle Anne (Cottingham) Dillon was born at eight o'clock am, Monday, July 7, 1873, in Lexington, LeSueur County, Minnesota. Attended the public schools. Student at State Normal Schools at St. Cloud and Mankato, Minnesota. Deputy United States Marshal in Washington, 1894. Taught school for several years. Graduated with the degree of L. L. B., at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, 1906. Began the practice of law at Seattle, Washington, 1906. Removed to Upland, California, 1911. President of the Roosevelt-Johnson Club of Upland, and Vice-President of the San Bernardino County Roosevelt-Johnson Club in the spring of 1912. Returned to Seattle in May 1912, and was a delegate from the Third Ward to the Progressive State convention held in Seattle in August, 1912. Returned to California in the autumn of 1913; began the practice of law in Chino. He was a delegate from San Bernardino County to the Republican Congressional Conference held at San Diego in June, 1916, to nominate a Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th Congressional district.

He held the office of City Judge of Chino from 1916 to 1920. Was acting editor of The Chino Champion in January and February, 1919. He was Secretary-Director of the Chino Chamber of Commerce for seven years.

Contributed verse to the following newspapers: School Education, The Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Times, Los Angeles, California; The Tribune, Los Angeles, California; The Bulletin, Pomona, California; The Champion, Chino, California; The Report, Ontario, California, and to other newspapers. Contributed articles to various weekly and monthly periodicals. He was a prize winner in The Los Angeles Times Friendship Letter contest, 1925.

He was president of the Hughes-Fairbanks Republican Club of Chino, 1916.

Chairman of the Four Liberty Loan Campaigns and the One Victory Loan Campaign for Chino and Chino Township, during the World War. Chairman of the Four Minute Speakers, Committee. Director of Chino Red Cross Chapter. Chairman of the San Bernardino County Advisory Board for Chino during the war.

He removed to Ontario, California in July, 1922.

He was Vice-President of the Ontario Boosters' Club 1924-1925. He was elected councilman of Ontario, on April 12, 1926 for a term of four years by the largest vote ever given to a councilman in Ontario up to that date.

He was a candidate for the nomination of Assemblyman of the 57th Assembly District, State of California, on the Republican and Prohibition tickets at the Primary Election held on August 31, 1926. He received the nomination from the Prohibition party.

Mr. Dillon is 6 feet 2 inches in height, weighs 170 pounds, has blue eyes, brown hair and regular features. Member of the Presbyterian Church of Upland, California. Formerly member of the First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, Washington. He is a member of the following lodges and societies: Ontario Lodge No. 345, I. O. O. F.; May Queen Revolution, Los Angeles, California; New York Society of the War of 1812; St. John's Lodge No. 9, F. and A. M., Seattle, Washington; Society of Applied Psychology, New York."

The above summary was taken from his book, "The Ancestors of Arthur Orison Dillon and His Poems", by Arthur Orison Dillon, 1927.

I think this summary might well fit in his bio sketch on his memorial. Thanks. Henry S. Dillon

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