I found the information you inquired about this a.m. at the Sioux City Main 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 his 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 this 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 daughter of Eber
Christopher, of Decorah, Iowa. They are memebers of the Presbyterian 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