Lee County Biography


Fred D. Dana, filling the office of deputy county treasurer since 1910, is one of the native sons of Dixon, his birth having occurred in this city on the 6th of July. 1875. His parents were Josiah P. and Winifred M. (Nixon) Dana, the former a native of New York and the latter of England. They became residents of the middle west in early life, however, and were married in Wisconsin, while subsequently they established their home in this city.

Fred D. Dana had a public-school education, taking up his studies at the usual age and passing through consecutive grades as the years went by. He also received business training in the Dixon College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1895. Much of his life has been devoted to journalistic interests. He was in newspaper work for twelve years as city editor for the Sun and later became city editor for the Daily News. He thus continued in active connection with newspaper publication until 1910, when he was appointed deputy county treasurer, and is still the incumbent in the office, the duties of which he discharges systematically, methodically and capably. Fie has also filled other public positions, having been one of the city aldermen and a member of the school board.

On the 18th of June, 1902, Mr. Dana was united in marriage to Miss Evelyn C. McElhaney, of Amboy, Illinois. They now have two children, Evelyn F., and Ruth. Mr. Dana is a member of the Masonic fraternity and also of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and is popular in both. His political allegiance has always been given the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, and it is upon that ticket that he has been elected to public office. He is prompt and faithful in the discharge of all the duties of citizenship and his public spirit prompts his active and helpful cooperation in many movements relating to the welfare and upbuilding of the city.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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