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Dinsmore, William H.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 380-381


William H. Dinsmore, living on section 27, Hardin township, is one of the thrifty farmers and stock-raisers, whose farm is the proof of his industry and capable management. He owns forty acres of land and is cultivating a tract of one hundred and twenty acres, including the old family homestead. His birth occurred July 29, 1858, in this county. His father, Marshall Dinsmore, was a native of Scott county, Illinois, born in March, 1826. He married Miss Martha January, whose birth occurred in Greene county, Illinois, where her father, John January, had settled at a very early day. Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Dinsmore located in Hardin township, where he improved a farm and owned two hundred and eighty acres of land. He afterward bought and improved three other farms and spent his life in this county, his death occurring here March 2, 1890. His wife survives him and resides upon the old homestead with her son, William H., who was one of a family of four children. The eldest, Susan, is now the wife of Hayes Calvin. The others are: Mrs. Emily Couch and Mrs. Nora Harshman, of Pike county.

No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for William H. Dinsmore in his boyhood and youth. He assisted his father in the care and improvement of the home farm and remained in Pike county until 1890, when he spent one year in California, being employed as a farm hand there. He then returned in 1891 and took charge of the farm and business, developing the fields and also raising good horses and hogs for the market. He has displayed excellent business ability and keen discernment in his work and in estimating the value of stock his judgment is seldom, if ever, at fault.

On the 11th of October, 1884, Mr. Dinsmore was united in marriage to Miss Ella Collier, a native of Pike county and a daughter of John Collier, who was born in Indiana but later took up his abode in Pike county. There is only one son by this marriage, R. T. Dinsmore, who is now editor and proprietor of the Nebo Banner.

Politically Mr. Dinsmore is a stanch and stalwart democrat, keeping well informed on the questions and issues of the day, but without seeking office. Mrs. Dinsmore, mother of our subject, and Mrs. R. T. Dinsmore are both members of the Christian church. Although his life has been quietly passed William H. Dinsmore has always been recognized as a citizen of worth in the community because of his fidelity to the duties that devolve upon him and his active cooperation in many measures which have contributed to the general good.

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