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Dec 22, 1956

Elmo E. Dunn, 76, prominent, life-long resident of Mt. Vernon, a retired food merchant and from 1951 to 1955 assessor of Black township, died at 8:09 o'clock last night at his home at 824 Mill street where he had resided for almost half a century.


Four years of illness of heart disease had hospitalized him on five occasions during each of which he was desperately ill.


Mr. Dunn's solid integrity, his genial personality and his devotion to his home were assets of character generally recognized in the Mt. Vernon community.


His father, James Dunn, was a representative of a pioneer South Posey family.  His mother was before her marriage Carrie Gumberts, a native of Evansville.


The body is at Short-Niehaus Funeral Home.


Rev. J. Kenneth Forbes, minister of First Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a member, will conduct the funeral service in Short-Niehaus chapel at 2 p.m. Monday.  Burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery.


The wife, nee Cora J. Harp, also a Posey county native, and a sister; Mrs. Clarence Holmes, Louisville, Ky., survive.  Mr. and Mrs. Dunn had been married 54 years and their wedding took place in the home in which Mr. Dunn died.


The deceased was a charter member of Posey aerie, No 1717, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a member of Mt. Vernon lodge, No. 49, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Modern Woodmen of America.


For 22 years, Mr. Dunn was a clerk in the former Fred P. Dietz busy Corner Grocery, leaving there to be employed by the former Klein & Wasem Grocery Co., and then returning to the Dietz store prior to opening his own food market on the south and College avenue.  he and his wife successfully operated the Dunn store for 23 years and retired six years ago.


The deceased was a Mt. Vernon city fireman for a number of years.


An ardent Democrat in politics, he was elected to a four year term as Black township assessor in 1950 but did not seek a second term because of failing health.

*old scrapbook


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers