Noble County - 101 Ranch - Vince Dillon,
Official 101 Ranch Photographer
As a young man Vince Dillon and his father boarded the first train from Arkansas City, Kansas into the Cherokee Strip. They settled near Ponca City and Vince spent several years at the trading post at White Eagle where he learned the language of the Ponca Indians and became a friend and a white man in whom they trusted.
Vince then spent several years with his father on an island in the Arkansas river living the nomadic life that is the nature lover's utopia. Their home was a tent and they gained a livelihood from the fertile soil that had settled in the river bed and from the large supply of fish.
The Miller Brothers hired Vince to take a group of 138 Ponca Indians to Jamestown, Virginia. This remained as a high spot in his entire life and a large 10 gallon hat with the word Jamestown on the inner band was among his most prized possessions and which he wore to many functions that were held at the ranch in later years.
Vince was a registered pharmacist and for five years he practiced pharmacy at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He then moved to Fairfax, Oklahoma to live with his father and to establish a reputation as a photographer. It was from his father that he acquired the art of the trade and, until his death in 1931, he served as the official photographer for the 101 Ranch.
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"Services Held Here For Vince Dillon Monday," Fairfax, Oklahoma, April 2, 1931.