A Memorial and Biographical Record of
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1896
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
CHARLES DALIN is a merchant tailor of Chariton, Iowa, and a progressive, influential citizen, whose friends are many in the community. We therefore feel assured that this record of his life will prove of interest to many.
A native of Sweden, he was born March 7, 1839. His father died when he was a child of only four years. He was a tailor by trade and had followed that business for about thirty-four years. The mother long survived her husband, and, spending her entire life in Sweden, was called from this life in February, 1893, at the age of eighty-seven years. In the family were two sons and a daughter, but Charles is now the only living representative. His brother died at the age of fifty-eight years and his sister when in young womanhood.
Charles Dalin was reared to manhood in his native land and acquired his education in the public schools. When it came time for him to select a business which he wished to make his life work he chose the tailor's trade, and after learning it worked in that line in Stockholm for five years. Thorough and painstaking, he became an expert tailor and has since maintained the high standard of excellence which he secured, his work of first-class quality, always commanding the best prices on account of its superiority. Before leaving his native land Mr. Dalin was married, the lady of his choice being Miss Eva Sophia Saukerson and the date of their nuptials being 1864. Mrs. Dalin was born in Sweden in 1840.
The young couple began their domestic life in the land of their birth, and Mr. Dalin continued to follow his trade there until 1871, when he crossed the Atlantic and worked at his trade in various cities in the United States for three and a half years. He then returned for his family and brought them to the New World in 1876, making a location in Ottumwa, Iowa, whence he removed to Chariton in July. Here he has since made his home. He opened a merchant-tailoring establishment and keeps on hand a full stock of seasonable goods and employs from four to eight men. Mr. Dalin is an expert tailor and does his own cutting and fitting. He receives a liberal patronage from among the best people of the city and his business is constantly increasing in volume. It was a fortunate day for him when he decided to come to America, for he has met with success in his chosen field and become the possessor of a comfortable competence.
Mr. and Mrs. Dalin have a family numbering four children: Hilma, now the wife of G. A. Anderson, a retired merchant and farmer living in Lucas county, Iowa; Oscar, who married Miss Ida Peterson and is a merchant tailor of Humeston, Iowa; Clarence and Arthur, who are members of the graduating class in the high school of Chariton. The family are members of the Swedish Lutheran Church, and in his political faith Mr. Dalin is a Republican. He takes a commendable interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community and its upbuilding, has lived an upright, honorable life and the community numbers him among its valued members.