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Dunford, Thomas

Port Huron Daily Times, April 16, 1902

Thomas Dunford Dead.

Never Recovered from the Effects of the Runaway Accident Three Weeks Ago

Thomas Dunford, one of Port Huron's oldest and best known businessmen died at his home, 417 Fort St., at 12 O'clock Tuesday night.  On March 24 Mr. Dunford was thrown out of his buggy at Military Street Bridge in a runaway accident.  At the time it was believed that he would recover, notwithstanding he was badly cut about the head.  He was taken to the hospital and afterwards to his home, where he showed signs of improvement. Two days ago, however, it was found that his heart was weakand the family were advised to prepare for the worst. Thomas Dunford was a native of England and was born in 1834.  He came to America in 1849 and learned his trade in Canada on the Welland canal.  In 1850 he went to Chicago when there was only one dry dock in that city where he remained for 12 years.  In 1862 he came to Port Huron and established a dry dock, and for many years was associated in business with Thomas A. Alverson. At the time of his death he was associated with his son, Fred Dunford, under the name of Dunford and Son, in the management of the dry docks at the foot of Quay St. and on St. Clair River.  For nearly 40 years. Dunford was a large employer of men.  He was known to all vesselmen and to the people of Port Huron as an honest and upright business man.  He was married on Aug 27, 1863, in this city to Sarah E. Pace, who died eight years ago.  He leaves one son, Fred J. Dunford.  The funeral will be held from the house at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon under the auspices of Port Huron Lodge F. & A. M.  The burial will take place at Lakeside (cemetery).

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