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    Milton T. Dilts

    Milton T. Dilts. During a period of nearly thirty years Milton T. Dilts has been almost constantly before the people of Troy in positions of public preferment, and his record therein fully entitles him to the confidence of his fellow-citizens as a conscientious and capable public servant. At present a member of the board of commissioners of Miami county, he was born in Concord township, this county, a son of William B. and Frances (Taylor) Dilts, and a nephew of Frank R. and John Dilts, who served as soldiers of the Union during the war between the North and South. Mr. Dilts is the eldest of three children: Milton T., Charles F., and Mrs. Luella Palsgrove. After attending the public schools of Chesterfield and Muncie, Ind., where his parents resided during his boyhood, Mr. Dilts learned the trade of brick layer, from which he developed into a contractor. On coming to Miami county he soon took his place among the leading building contractors, and among the structures which stand as monuments to his skill and workmanship may be mentioned the Masonic Temple at Troy, the First National Bank, the Haynes Distillery, and numerous residences. He also did consirable construction work at Piqua, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and Anderson, Ind. At one time in his career, Mr. Dilts was the owner and operator of a brickmaking yard near Anderson, Ind., which had a capacity of 50,000 bricks daily. Early in his career Mr. Dilts interested himself in politics and was elected a member of the city council. After twenty-five years of splendidly constructive service, in 1914 he was elected mayor of the city, and when his term expired was chosen a member of the board of commissioners of Miami county, entering upon his duties in that position in 1919. Mr. Dilts has a wide acquaintance among prominent men and is deservedly popular. As a fraternalist he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, and the Improved Order of Red Men. He married Nannie H., daughter of Daniel Knisely, and they are the parents of two daughters: Pearl L., the wife of J. Forest Stephens, of Troy, and Miss Edith May, who resides with her parents.

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