DUNLAP, STEPHEN, farmer, residing about three miles east of Jacksonville, was born in Jacksonville, Ill., June 8, 1845, the fourth son of Stephen and Dicy (Runkle) Dunlap. (An extended ancestral record will be found in connection with the sketch of Irvin Dunlap, which appears elsewhere in this volume.) His father having removed from Jacksonville to his farm east of the city when Stephen Dunlap was a child, the latter was reared on the farm, receiving his education in the district schools of the neighborhood. His life has been devoted to general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising in which he has been successful. During the Civil War he was extensively engaged in dealing in stock and supplies for the Union Army, principally in Missouri.
Mr. Dunlap is a representative of a family which has been intimately identified with the progress and development of Morgan County from the early pioneer period, and, like his ancestors, has taken pride in the performance of those duties toward the public which have had for their aim the advancement of the general welfare. An unwavering Democrat throughout his entire life, he has strongly supported all measures calculated to advance the interests of his chosen party. His interest in the public affairs of his township is exhibited in the fact that for nineteen years he served as School Director, and for fourteen years as Road Commissioner. Though he has freely given of his time and services to advance local interests, he has never sought nor consented to fill political offices, excepting those minor positions which good citizens are usually called upon to occupy. For many years he has been an active member of the Illinois Anti-Horse Thief Association, of which he was one of the founders. He has been an Odd Fellow for twenty-eight years, and for some time has served as Noble Grand of Urania Lodge, No. 243, I.O.O.F.
Mr. Dunlap was united in marriage February 7, 1866, with Harriet Orear, daughter of George and Sarah (Heslep) Orear, members of an old and honored family of Morgan County. (See sketch of Orear family.) She was born on her father's farm near Jacksonville September 9, 1845. Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap have been the parents of six children, namely: Olivia G., born February 12, 1867; George Albert, born February 18, 1871; Franklin Irvin, born March 13, 1869, and died February 16, 1873; Stephen Howard, born March 9, 1875; Arthur B., born December 6, 1877; and Ruth H., born March 29, 1888. The elder daughter, Olivia G., was graduated from the Illinois Woman's College in 1888, with the Bachelor's degree, and after a post-graduate scientific course was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science. She has become actively interested in religious movements and in the work of the Epworth League, and is now (1904) a corresponding secretary of the Jacksonville District Epworth League. She is also a member of James Caldwell Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of Jacksonville. The eldest son, George Albert, is engaged in the real estate business at Los Angeles, Cal. The other sons are engaged in farming.