More about Dillon Wallace (1863-1939)

Dillon Wallace (junior) was born in Craigsville, New York, on June 24, 1863. He was the son of Dillon Wallace (senior) and Ruth Ann Ferguson. He grew up in Ridgebury, New York. After high school and a few years working in a variety of jobs, he enrolled at New York Law School in 1892, graduating in 1896. He went to the bar in 1897 and practiced law in New York for several years.

In 1900 Dillon Wallace met Leonidas Hubbard, an assistant editor with Outing magazine. Hubbard asked Wallace to join him on an exploratory trip through Labador, the plan was to follow the Naskaupi River to Lake Michikamau, a region that had yet to be explored by Europeans. They departed in July 1903, but due to a mapping error took the wrong river from the very start, following the much smaller and more difficult Susan River. Short on supplies, with winter coming on, Hubbard became ill and died of starvation. Wallace made it back alive.

Wallace wrote a book about the trip called The Lure of the Labrador Wild (1905), it was his first book and a best-seller. Hubbard’s wife, Mina Hubbard, was upset with Wallace because she thought the book blamed her dead husband for the mapping error, thus sullying her family name. After Wallace announced plans to make a second expedition to the same area, Mina announced her own plans to do the same, at the same time. “The great race of 1905″ became a field day for the press. The two parties left just days apart, Mina following her husbands original route closely while Wallace took a more difficult overland route. Mina arrived first, with Wallace nearly 6 weeks behind. Mina wrote a book about the trip A Woman’s Way Through Unknown Labrador, Wallace also wrote a book, The Long Labrador Trail (1907). Neither Mina, in her book, nor Wallace his book, mentioned the other’s 1905 expedition.

Even though Wallace was involved in a failed expedition with Hubbard, and lost the race with Mina, his book was a best seller and so he began a new career as a writer. He joined the staff of Outing magazine, which sent him on other expeditions around the world. Over the next 30 years he published 26 more books, fiction and non-fiction, and wrote many articles for Outing, National Sportsman, American Boy and other magazines. His books included biographies, references, boys fiction, novels and travel accounts.

Wallace married Leila Greenwood Hinman in 1917; his first wife, Jennie Currie, died in 1900 after three years of marriage. Dillon and Leila had two children, Leila Ann and Dillon III. Dillon Wallace died at Beacon, New York on Sept. 28, 1939.

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