John Dill

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Saturday, October 2, 1943

John Dill, Pioneer, Is Taken By Death

John Dill, 79, resident of Lewiston for the last 62 years, died at 3:20 yesterday afternoon at his home at 509 Fourth avenue. His health had been on the decline for several months, and for the last week had been ill with pneumonia.

A native of Cork, Ireland, born April 3, 1864, he came to the United States with his parents during his infancy and in 1881 came to Lewiston. He and his brother, Ben Dill, who died Jan. 17, 1913, engaged in the retail meat business and 40 years ago moved to the Dill-Eichonberger building at 515-17 Main street, and groceries were added. Mr. Dill conducted the business for 21 years after the death of his brother, retiring in 1934.

He was one of a group of Lewiston men who joined the gold rush to Alaska in 1898. Mr. Dill was a member of the Catholic church.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mattie Barton Dill, member of a pioneer family of this area; his brother, Bryan Dill, San Francisco; and two sisters, Mrs. John Dunn, Portland, and Mrs. Sallie Campbell, Clarkston.

The body is at Vassar-Rawls chapel. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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