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William F. Petillon

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During my research I have found the last name spelled Petillon, Petillion, Pittilion and Pettilon. A check of the 1880 Federal Census for Ford County turned up only one Petillon:

Census Place: Spearville, Ford, Kansas
Source: FHL Film 1254381 National Archives Film T9-0381 Page 588C
Relation sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
William PETILLON Self M M W 34 NY
Occ: Register Of Deeds Fa: IRE Mo: IRE

Heniette PETILLON Wife F M W 34 NY
Occ: Keeping House Fa: NY Mo: ENG

Frane PETILLON Dau F S W 12 NY
Occ: At Home Fa: NY Mo: NY

Bell PETILLON Dau F S W 10 NY
Fa: NY Mo: NY

Etta PETILLON Dau F S W 7 NY
Fa: NY Mo: NY
Florence PETILLON Dau F S W 1 NY
Fa: NY Mo: NY

According to Bat Masterson, Petillon, a resident of Dodge City for six years had moved from Chicago with his family for health reasons. At the time of the conflict he was Lincoln County Clerk and Pie-Eating Champion. Later he became Editor of the Dodge City Democrat.

... as seen through the eyes of one person.

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W. F. Petillon standing back row, far right

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