Thank you SO much for this information. W B Nation IS an ancestor of ours -
luckily I can identify him from his parents listed, Fred and Margaret
W B Nation was William Bryer NATION, however, he was the grandson of the one
I am looking for. Fred NATION was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire abour
1835, son of William Bryer NATION and Mary Ann (Lakins).
The biography is really interesting and I feel further requests will be
submitted to the list regarding the Hotel trade in Sioux City in the near
future when I have digested all the info.
Thank you again it is much appreciated.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Patricia" <mrsb(a)netins.net>
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2001 8:03 PM
Subject: [Woodbury Co.] W.B. Nation
I found the information you inquired about this a.m. at the Sioux City
Library. W.B was a very well traveled fellow. From one coast to the
other and half way back again.
W.B. Nation, proprietor of the Vendome Hotel at Sioux City, has throughout
entire business career been identified with hotel interests and is
therefore thoroughly equipped by broad and varied experience to minister to
the wants of the traveling public. He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,
October 29, 1867, and is the son of Fred and Margaret (Dunn) Nation. His
parents removed to Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1875, and there the mother died in
1881, while the father is living with his son in Sioux City.
W.B. Nation was only seven years old when his parents came to
state and in the public schools of Oskaloosa he acquired his education. When
fourteen years of age he began working in a hotel in Portland, Oregon, and
afterward went to Los Angeles, California, where he was employed in a
similar manner. His next position was in the Hotel Park, at Great Falls,
Montana, and he afterward purchased the Windman House at Parkston, South
Dakota. This he conducted for two years and then sold out and purchased the
Sanborn House, at Mitchell, South Dakota. He disposed of that property on
his removal of to Sioux City in 1893, and here he accepted the position of
clerk in the Chicago House. After filling that position for four years he
became on of its proprietors and so continued until August, 1903, when he
purchased the Hotel Vendome, which he now owns. He also secured the
franchise that year for the Western Base Ball League and owns the same.
Mr. Nation was married in April, 1903 to Alice Christopher, a
of Eber Christopher, of Decorah, Iowa. They are memebers of the
church and have a wide acquaintance in Sioux City, where they are held in
high esteem by many friends. Mr. Nation, starting out in life for himself
in early boyhood, has steadily progressed through his performance of the
duties assigned him, and is now conducting a good business in Sioux City,
where he also owns a good hotel property.
good luck in your search
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