Source: The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall Putnam Counties, IL
Originally published 1896
S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Pages 644-646 (includes lithograph on 645)
Daniel D. Dow, one of the most trusted employes of the Rock Island Railroad company, now serving as agent for the same at Bureau, Illinois, and as express agent, is a native of this state, his birth having occurred in Cook county, January 29, 1841. His father, John Dow, was born in New York, and about the close of the Black Hawk war came to Illinois, locating in the swampy tract where Chicago now stands. He was a painter by trade, making a specialty of ornamental work and sign painting, and did much of the lettering on the lake steamers. Later he removed to Hinsdale, west of Chicago, where his death occurred in the fall of 1894. He married Margaret Kelly, an to them were born four children, two of whom are still living - Daniel D. of this review, and Josephine, wife of John Englehardt of Blue Island, Illinois, by whom she has one son, Harry.
Our subject acquired his education in the public schools of Blue Island and Chicago, and at the age of eighteen learned telegraphy. During the civil war he served for one year in the military telegraph service of United States government, and on the close of the war became operator and clerk in the freight office of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad, in whose employ he has since remained. In November, 1866, he came to Bureau, Illinois, to take charge of the office at this place. He has witnessed almost the entire growth and development of the village, as at the time of his arrival it contained but one store. For a time the train dispatcher's office was located here, and Mr. Dow served as chief train dispatcher for the Illinois division of the road for ten years. His long retention plainly indicates his faithful discharge of duty and the confidence and trust the company repose in him.
In November, 1868, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Dow and Miss Mary Moore, daughter of Nicholas Moore, now deceased, who located at Peru, Illinois, over thirty-five years ago. Four children were born of this union, three of whom still survive, namely, De Witt C.; Maggie and Ollie, all at home. Socially, Mr. Dow is a Royal Arch Mason, and in religious belief is a Presbyterian. His gentlemanly deportment and genial manners have gained him hosts of warm friends, and he is numbered among the most highly respected, prominent and influential citizens of Bureau, with whose interests he has now been closely identified for over thirty years.