- Born: 05 Nov 1854, Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States 2 3 4 5 6
- Marriage: Mary Ann Dunn on 13 Nov 1879 in Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States 1
- Died: 26 Apr 1935, Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States at age 80 7 8
- Buried: 30 Apr 1935, Paris, Linn, Iowa, United States 9 10
Cause of his death was Cerebral hemorrhage.11
A descendant of one of the pioneer families of Iowa, James Dunn, who operates one of the finest farms in Linn county and who is the owner of seven hundred and seventy acres of valuable land in Spring Grove township, stands well to the fore as one of the representative citizens of this county. A native of the state, he was born November 5, 1854, in Clinton county, his parents being Alexander and Susan (Crawshaw) Dunn, the former of Irish and the latter of English birth.
Alexander Dunn came to America in 1837 and at once located in Clinton county, Iowa, where he secured a farm of three hundred and twenty acres of raw land. Steadily he improved it, draining the land and erecting a house, barn and necessary outbuildings, and, as the years rolled past, he continued to improve the place until it became one of the best in that section of the country. There, too, he reared his family of children, all of whom are now residents of the state. For forty-nine years he and his wife lived there and then retired in 1886, locating near Clinton, where he died January 20,1890. His wife, who survives him, makes her home with her son James. She is ninety-one years old, yet is hale and hearty, in complete possession of all her faculties and gifted with wonderful memory for the days of the early pioneers.
James Dunn remained with his parents, working upon the home farm until he had obtained the age of twenty -one years. Then for a year he operated one of the farms owned by his father in Linn county. His duties called him to his father's place for a time but he later returned to Linn county and operated two hundred and seventy acres of land which he secured from his father. He was remarkably successful and soon purchased five hundred acres of land, which now him the owner of seven hundred and seventy acres. This farm he has improved very decidedly, has erected a fine house, four large and commodious barns, sheds for grain and feed, cattle and storage of machinery, and has erected a fine sixty foot steel-tower wind-mill.
Miss Mary Dunn, the daughter of Patrick and Elizabeth Dunn, both natives of Ireland, became the wife of James Dunn on the l3 th of November 1879. There were six children born of this union, namely: James A., who is married and is living inSpring Grove township; Arthur E., who is married and is living in South Dakota; Ernest G., Charles H., Edna V. and Leo M., all living at home, the last named being but two years old.
Mr. Dunn's political allegiance has been given to the democracy but he has never sought office, his business affairs and his home being the recipients of his entire attention and energy. Fraternally he is connected with the Mutual Brotherhood Association of Alburnett, Iowa, while he and his family affiliate with the Methodist church. Using his opportunities to the best advantage, he has made an enviable record as an alert, enterprising business man and has won a pleasurable amount of success as a result of his energy and ability. [History of Linn County Iowa From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume II, The Pioneer Publishing Company, 1911, pages 543 - 544]12
There are several listings for James' birth date. Two newspaper articles, one written in 1900 and the other an obituary, list his birth date as Nov 5 1854. The death certificate states he died on Apr 27 1935 Aged 80Ys 7Ms 22Ds which would then calculate his birth as 5 Sep 1854. His tombstone lists 1853 as his birth year. I have chosen to record the 5 Nov 1854 date because one of the articles was written while he was alive and supposedly contributed the input to that article.
Noted events in his life were:
Occupation: farmer, 1875, Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States. 13
Census: 1900 US, 16 Jun 1900, Spring Grove Twp, Linn, Iowa, United States. 4
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| |121|123|Dunn, Mary A |Wife|W|F|Feb|1860|40|M|20|7|5|Iowa|Ireland|? Ireland | | | | | | |Y|Y|Y|O| |F|118|
| |121|123|Dunn, James A |Son |W|M|Apr|1877|19|S| | | |Iowa|Iowa | Iowa | | | |Farm labor|0|4 |Y|Y|Y| | | | |
| |121|123|Dunn, Arthur E |Son |W|M|Sep|1884|15|S| | | |Iowa|Iowa | Iowa | | | |Farm labor|0|6 |Y|Y|Y| | | | |
| |121|123|Dunn, Ernest G |Son |W|M|Nov|1889|10|S| | | |Iowa|Iowa | Iowa | | | | | |7 |Y|Y|Y| | | | |
| |121|123|Dunn, Charlie H|Son |W|M|Jun|1892|07|S| | | |Iowa|Iowa | Iowa | | | | | |7 |Y|Y|Y| | | | |
| |121|123|Dunn, Edna V |Dau |W|M|Nov|1898|01|S| | | |Iowa|Iowa | Iowa | | | | | |3½|Y|Y|Y| | | |
Census: 1905 IA: Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States. 14
Card 678 James Dunn Central City
Card 679 Mary Dunn "
Card 680 James A Dunn "
Card 681 Arthur Dunn "
Card 682 Ernest Dunn "
Card 683 Charles Dunn "
Card 684 Edna Dunn "
Card 685 Susan Dunn "
Occupation: butcher, 1915, Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States. 15
Occupation: Trade and Transportation worker, 1925, Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States. 16
Cemetery: Blodgett Cemetery, 30 Apr 1935, Paris, Linn, Iowa, United States. 17
1853 - 1935
Obituary: Central City Newsletter, 02 May 1935, Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States. 18
Funeral Service Tuesday Afternoon
in Methodist Church -- Was
James Dunn, who for 60 years has been a resident of Linn county, died Saturday evening, April 26, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eugene Drexler, south of Central City, aged 80 years, 5 months and 22 days.
Mr. Dunn had been enjoying his usual good health and Saturday had been at the home of his son, Ernest, who lives west of Coggun, and had been helping him with some light work.
He drove his own car, started for home, and-whether he became confused and drove on south of town, or had intended to drive to the Drexler home, will never be known. It was apparent, however, that he had suffered a stroke and car went off the road, and stopped in a plowed field where he was found in an unconscious condition, was taken to the home of his daughter, where he died two hours later, without regaining consciousness.
Mr. Dunn was born in Clinton county, November 5, 1854, to Alexander and Susan Dunn, and lived with his parents until he was married to Mary Ann Dunn in November, 1879, and they came to Linn county to live.
Mrs. Dunn died in 1929 and since that time Mr. Dunn has continued to make his home in his own residence, but with some family who was residing there, at the present time it, being the George Bateman family.
Mr. Dunn acquired considerable land in Linn county, north-and- west of Central City. He had served as a member of the board of supervisors from the third district, was for years an active member if the fair board, was a member of the Methodist church and the Masonic "organization.
He was past 80 years of age at the time of his death and was as active as men who were many years younger than he. His brother, John A. Dunn, died during the winter.
Mr. Dunn is survived by five sons: James Alexander, of Longmont, Colo.; Arthur Eugene, of Camdenton, Mo.; Ernest G., of Coggon; Charles H., of Leola, S. D.: and Leo M., of Eldon, Mo.: and one daughter, Mrs. Eugene Drexler, of Central City; one brother. Alec Dunn of Los Angeles, Calif.; eleven grandchildren, and other relatives, as well as a host of friends and neighbors, who will find .that his going has left a vacant place in their lives. Two sons, William Roy and Robert John, died in Infancy.
The funeral service was held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon; April 30, at 2:30, with the Rev. E. C. Allen as officiating pastor, and the local Masonic organization in charge of the service.
Burial was made in Oak Hill cemetery.
James married Mary Ann Dunn, daughter of Patrick Dunn and Elizabeth Sanderson, on 13 Nov 1879 in Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States.1 (Mary Ann Dunn was born on 18 Feb 1860 in Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States,4 19 20 died on 28 Jun 1929 in Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States 21 and was buried in Paris, Linn, Iowa, United States 9 22.) The cause of her death was stroke of apoplexy.11
Noted events in their marriage were:
Residence: James and Mary Ann Dunn house, corner Broadway and River Road (after selling farm): Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States. 23
Publication: Central City Newsletter, 02 May 1935, Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States. 18
W. H. WARD WILL TAKE
POSSESSION OF NEW HOME
A deal was closed Tuesday whereby W. H. Ward becomes the owner of the James Dunn residence on River street. The home was owned by Leo Dunn, who is now in Missouri, and he made the sale, through Flower S. Phillips, Tuesday. The house is occupied by the George Bateman family, but Mr. Ward has made arrangements with them to give possession by May 10, when the Ward family will move into their new home. Some improvements will be made and it will be one of the finer homes of Central City, with an ideal location.
As a child I remember James Dunn and his wife (in a wheel chair) on River Street near the lower bridge (that has been torn down). My dad, Hugh O'Connor, learned the trade from the Dunns and a German butcher that worked there. Art Dunn, Ollie and the 3 boys lived one block from us.
I knew Ernest and Hester and daughter Larraine and husband Emmet Kehl. My Uncle Curt Heaton helped in their dairy until it closed. Edna and her family lived south of town on a farm. The girls were younger than me but I know them all.
Charlie Dunn ran a Café on the east side of 4th Street here in Central City. He was a good chef and Bill and I ate there often when we worked at Camp Hitoga and made trips to Cedar Rapids and timed it perfectly to eat there at noon. As for Leo Dunn, I don't know about him. [Doris M. Mote]
DUNN FAMILY REUNION
Linn County Press, Sep, 1951
The annual Dunn Family reunion was held at the Legion Hall Sunday, Sept. 2 with 62 present. After dinner Mrs. M. A. Nightingale and Mrs. Louie Dunn presented the following program: Saxophone solo by Bebe Butters, accompanied by Sharon Hatch; accordion selections by Joyce Murdock. This was followed by a short business meeting which was called to order by the president, Mrs. Ernie Dunn. Reports from the 1950 meeting and greetings from several absent members were read. Officers elected for the ensuing year are: President, Mrs. Ernie Dunn; secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Ira Dunn. At the close of the business meeting John Pake took charge. Games and prizes were enjoyed.
Attending were Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Jakus of Elmhurst, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ryan, Dr. James Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Dunn and Dianne, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dean, all of Davenport; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunn, Miss Ethel Dunn of Clinton; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dunn of Camanche; Mr. and Mrs. John Page of Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. John Kirkham of Prophetstown, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, Mrs. Lou Dean of Alton, Ill.; Mrs. Harvey Hough of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Elison and family of Toddville; Mr. and Mrs. Leland Long and Maynard of Coggon; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Robinson of Robinson; Mrs. Oral Kelso and family of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Iehl and family, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nightingale, Miss Joan L. Nightingale, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Dunn, Mrs. Clark Powers and family, Mrs. Edna Drexler and Vera and Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Dunn.
DUNN FAMILY REUNION
Linn County Press, Sep 1952
The annual Dunn family reunion was held at the American Legion hall Sunday, Aug. 31, with 50 present. A bountiful dinner was enjoyed at noon. Following the dinner, Mrs. Stanley Jokus of Elmhurst, Ill., gave several readings. This was followed by a short business meeting called to order by the vice-president, Mrs. Ernie Dunn. Reports of the 1951 meeting and greetings from several absent members were read. Officers elected for the ensuing year are president, Mrs. Oral Kelso of Marion; secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Louis Dunn. Mrs. Stanley Jokus and John Page took charge after the business meeting when games and prizes were enjoyed.
Attending were Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Jokus of Elmhurst, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. John Page and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Page of Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Boice of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Fuller of Congerville, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Elison of Toddville; Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Nightingale and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Silver of Waubeek; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Dunn and family of Davenport; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henderson and daughters and Mr. and Mrs. Leland Long of Coggon; Mrs. Oral Kelso and family of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Dunn, Mrs. Clark Powers and family, Mrs. Gene Drexler and Vera and Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Iehl.
DUNN FAMILY REUNION
Linn County Press, Sep, 1955
The sixth annual Dunn family reunion was held at the Legion Hall in Central City Sunday, Sept. 4 with 37 present. A bountiful dinner was enjoyed at noon. Following the dinner, the business meeting was held with Mrs. Leland Long presiding. Greetings were read from several who were unable to attend. Officers elected for the ensuing year were Mrs. Lois Powers, president, and Mrs. Emmet Iehl, secretary and treasurer. Mrs. Marion Nightingale and Mrs. Eugene Drexler entertained with games and prizes during the afternoon.
The family coming the greatest distance were the Charles Dunn family of Nashville, Tenn. The oldest person present was Louie Dunn and the youngest was Jimmie Dunn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunn. Those present Sunday who also attended the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Dunn 50 years ago were Mrs. Eloise Harms, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nightingale, Mrs. Eugene Drexler, Charles Dunn, Ernie Dunn, Ira Dunn and Louie Dunn.
Attending the reunion Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunn and family of Nashville, Tenn.; Mr. and Mrs. Leland Long. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henderson and children of Coggon; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Boice and Mrs. Eloise Harms of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nightingale, Glen Nightingale and Susan Silver of Waubeek; Mrs. Evelyn Miller and Billy of Springville; Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Iehl and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dunn, Mrs. Lola Powers, Allan and Lyle, Mrs. Eugene Drexler, Alice, Vera and Jennie Lynn and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dunn, all of Central City.
Linn County Press, Central City, Sep, 1956
The seventh Dunn family reunion was held Sunday, Sept. 2 at the American Legion hall with 36 present. Following a picnic dinner at noon, a business meeting was held, with Mrs. Lois Powers presiding. Officers elected for the coming year: Mrs. J. J. Fuller, president and Emmet Iehl secretary and treasurer. The oldest lady present was Mrs. Eloise Harms, oldest gentleman, Louie Dunn; family coming the greatest distances, Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Himmen of Moline, Ill. The afternoon was spent visiting, games and stunts were provided by the program committee, Mrs. Howard Boice and Mrs. Ira Dunn.
Attending were Edgar Miller of Low Moor; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Boice, Mrs. Eloise Harms and Mrs. Charles Elison of Cedar Rapids; Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Himmen of Moline, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Leland Long of Coggon; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Edson and Dixie of Toddville; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nightingale, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fuller, Jack and Marilyn, Mrs. Eugene Drexler, Vera, Alice and Jennifer, Mrs. Lois Powers, Allan and Lyle and Mr. and Mrs Emmet Iehl, David and Kenny, all of Central City. Joy Henrich was a guest.
DUNN FAMILY REUNION
Linn County Press, Sep, 1957
The Dunn family reunion was held Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Legion hall in Central City, with a basket dinner served at noon. Even though a number were unable to be present because of illness an enjoyable afternoon was spent with games and visiting. All enjoyed the little baton twirlers. The president, Mrs. J. J. Fuller, called to the business meeting to order and letters were read from some of the members who could not be present. Officers for the coming year are Mrs. Robert Henderson, president, and Mrs. Leland Long, secretary and treasurer.
Attending were Mr. and Mrs. John Page of Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Leland Long, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henderson and Mary Beth of Coggon; Mr. and Mrs. James Devyor and Mrs. Florence Odeel and Debbie of Chicago, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dunn, Mrs. Louie Dunn, Mrs. Lois Powers, Allen and Lyle, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fuller, Jack, Marilyn and Sherilyn and Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Iehl, David and Kenny, all of Central City.
Linn County Press, Sep, 1960
The 11th annual Dunn reunion was held at the Legion Hall Sunday, Sept.. 4. A picnic dinner was enjoyed at 12:30 and the business meeting was held. New officers elected were Mrs. Claude Hoppe, president and Mrs. Robert Shireman, secretary-treasurer. For the program, Susan Silver played several numbers on the accordion. Carl Mertka of Springville entertained with a dance. Prizes were awarded for the person who came the farthest and oldest person present.
Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. James Devgar and Florence and Debra O'Dell of Chicago, Ill.; Lulu Dean of Alton, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. John Page of Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edson of Abilene, Texas; Mrs. Lloyd Edson and Dixie of Toddville; Mr. and Mrs. Leland Long of Coggon; and Hester Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fuller and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shireman and son, Glenn Nightingale, Charles Dunn, Mrs. Allie Nightingale, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Silver and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dunn and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Craig and family, all of Central City.
Linn County Press, Sep, 1961
The Dunn family reunion was held Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Linn County Fair grounds in Central City with 11 families present. A bountiful dinner and much visiting was enjoyed by all. There was one guest, John Shaffner of Mason City present. New officers were elected. They are: president, Mrs. Ira Dunn and secretary treasurer, Mrs. Hester Dunn. Next year's reunion will be held on the third Sunday in September.
The Dunn Family Of Central City, Iowa
by Elizabeth Dunn Schuck
James Dunn was born in Comanche on 5 Nov 1854. He met Mary Ann Dunn who was born in Camanche on 18 Feb 1860. They married on 13 Nov 1879. James Dunn remained with his parents, working on the farm until he was twenty-one. Then he operated one of his father's farms in Linn County. After briefly returning to Camanche to help his father, he later came back to Linn County and operated two hundred and seventy acres of land which he obtained from Alexander. He was quite successful and soon purchased five hundred acres of land and erected a house, four barns, sheds for grain and feed, cattle and machinery. He was a member of the Mutual Brotherhood Association of Alburnett; served as a member of the board of supervisors from the third district; an active member of the fair board; a member of the Methodist church and a Mason. James and Mary had eight children, two of whom died in infancy and are buried alongside their parents in Blodget Cemetery. Mary Ann died on 28 Jun 1929 and James died on 27 April 1935. Their children were:
James Alexander Dunn---born 16 Apr 1881 in Central City. He married Esther Ella Moles in Central City on 5 Sep 1905. He farmed in the area until 1915 and later served as foreman to the Great Western Sugar Company in Longmont, Colorado, where he died on 7 Jan 1931. Esther died in 1982 in Fort Collins, CO.
William Roy Dunn---born 13 Feb 1883 and died seven months later on 12 September. He is buried in Blodget Cemetery.
Arthur Eugene Dunn---born 12 Sep 1884 in Central City. His wife, Olive Elizabeth Summers, was born 3 Aug 1884, in Baldwin, Iowa. They were married in Central City on 18 Dec 1906. Arthur farmed near Central City for a time following his marriage and later operated a grocery store in Central City. In 1928 they moved to Missouri where he operated a commissary and later was associated with various businesses, including a grocery store, ice plant and the Dunn Beverage & Locker System in Camdenton. He preceded his wife in death on 17 May 1946. Olive died in Camdenton, MO, on 1 Jun 1973.
Robert John Dunn---born 8 Feb 1887, he survived less than one month and died on 2 Mar 1887. He is buried next to his mother and father in Blodget Cemetery.
Ernest George Dunn---born 19 Nov 1888 in Spring Grove Township. He married Hester Ann Power on 12 Feb 1912 in Alburnette. Hester was born in Petersburg, IL on 12 Jul 1891. Ernest died in 1958 and Hester died on 31 Mar 1982 in Cedar Rapids. They were both interred at Mt. Clark Cemetery. Their only child, Lorraine, was born 8 Feb 1913 in Central City. She married Emmett John Iehl on 2 Dec 1932 in Central City. Lorraine's daughter-in-law Sharon Rose Iehl and grandchildren, Donald John Iehl, Annette Iehl Comried and Suzanne Iehl currently reside in Linn County. Donald lives on what remains of the old farm in Central City.
Charles Harold Dunn---born 15 Jun 1892 in Spring Grove township. He briefly taught school in Central City and also helped with his father's farm. He married Lula Treats and had a daughter, Lois Dunn. He went Longmont, CO and lived with his brother James for a while and worked with cattle ranchers as a trail cook. He also worked in his brother Artie's commissary in Camdenton, MO. Later he went to Ashland City, TN, selling branding irons and farm tools. He met Elizabeth Pinson (b. 4 Nov 1913) and they were married in Clarksville, TN on 7 Jun 1941. Charlie raised a stepson, Jack Travis Dunn, and he and Elizabeth had three other children, Charles Harold Dunn Jr., Elizabeth Ann Dunn, and James Ernest Dunn. When Charlie and Elizabeth were married they moved to Clarksville, TN where he worked at a service station in Clarksville and she worked in the Land Acquisition Office at Fort Campbell, KY. After WW II began, he began working as a carpenter working wartime construction in Clinton, IN. This was followed by similar work in Oak Ridge, TN. Upon completion of that project the family moved to Nashville where they owned and operated two restaurants in succession. Charlie later returned to Central City in 1958 and operated a café on 4th Street. He died in Springville on 17 May 1964 and is buried in Mt. Clark Cemetery in Central City.
Edna Vera Dunn---born 14 Nov 1898 in Spring Grove Township. She married Ray Higgins and had two daughters, Mary Higgins Fuller and Wilma Higgins Summers. Edna then married Eugene Drexler and had two daughters, Alice and Vera. They remained in Central City.
Leo Miner Dunn---born 2 Oct 1909 in Central City. He married Gladys Crance, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1940. Leo was in the U. S. Army for twenty-four years. While stationed in Japan he met and married Sue Ariyoshi (b. 4 Feb 1923) in Sapporo on 23 Jul 1954. Sue and Leo had two children, James Charles Dunn and William Jackson Dunn. Leo died on 27 Feb 1985 and is buried at Fort Bliss, TX 24 25 26