The subject of this sketch is an Idahoan, having made his advent into this world at the town of Weston, in Oneida county. April 8th, 1872, was the memorable day in the Dawson household. When he became old enough to labor the farm was awaiting him, and soon his muscles became hardened and his complexion bronzed in the sunshine and rain of farm life. He, in common with a great part of the Elders in the mission, acquired his early education during the reign of King Frost, while farm work is at a discount.
During the year 1894 he took a course at B.Y.A., Provo, absorbing all the information he could, although he but took what is known as the M. I. A. class.
On his arrival he was assigned to the South Carolina Conference, where he labored assiduously in the various duties of the traveling Elder until the spring of 1898, when he, with Elder S. H. Topham, was among the "special Elders" called to make up the Georgia Conference, This call involved a walk of 500 miles; here he was detailed to labor with Elder A. C. Pyper, who became ill, necessitating an immediate removal to Chattanooga. From this city he was reassigned to the East Tennessee Conference as the Superintendent of Sunday Schools. He tilled this position until August 29, when he assumed the first position, qualifying him for the Presidential Toga, and on the release of President Samuel B. Thatcher he became his logical successor as President of the East Tennessee Conference, a position that he is holding with marked ability. He has great executive qualities and enjoys the love and esteem of his thirty-five Elders, besides the hundreds of people he has met in his travels. His reports come in promptly and with extreme care, showing him to be well qualified for the duties required of him.
I was unable to find out much about Willam Dawson's later life. It is a pretty common name. I don't know if he went back into railroad work, or if he found another career that let him stay at home with his family. The 1920 census does describe him as a farmer. And then in 1930 as a "Dist Agent" of some sort. But I can't make out what it says. The left cell is the occupation. The cell on the right is the industry. "News" perhaps?
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