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October 30, 2012 > Museum of Local History honors Dillon family

Museum of Local History honors Dillon family

Submitted By Timothy Swenson

The Museum of Local History is hosting a Memory Lane reception for the Dillon Family and Four Winds Growers. A Memory Lane reception is an event to honor the contribution of a family and/or business to the history of Fremont.

The Dillon family, owners of Four Winds Growers, has been active in Fremont for 58 years. Starting in 1954, Floyd Dillon grew dwarf citrus trees on land on Olive Avenue in Fremont. When coming to Fremont from Carmel, Floyd brought his son, Don Dillon Sr., and his family, to help with the business.

Don Dillon Sr. was active in the Fremont community, serving as a Fremont City Council member and as Mayor from 1962 - 1978. Don was also President of the International Plant Propagators Society in 1982 and California's "Nurseryman of the Year" in 1987.

Don Sr.'s son, Don Dillon, is also involved in the business and was named "Nurseryman of the Year" in 1989, the youngest person given that honor. Don Jr. was also President of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers in 1999.

At 3 pm, Don Sr. will talk about his past experience with Fremont. A new set of displays will be unveiled detailing the history of Four Winds Growers and the Dillon Family.

Memory Lane reception
Saturday, Nov 10
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The Museum of Local History
190 Anza St., Fremont
(510) 623-7907

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