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Guy had a grocery store by 1910, and later he had a confectionery at 907 Main, the present location of Grace's Shoppe. At various times in his life, he was engaged in farming in Woodward and Ellis Counties. He worked for Adams Brothers for a number of years and also for the City of Woodward.

Guy and Pearl Duggin had a family of five children: Edna Pauline, born August 29, 1905; Kenneth Chandler, born November 30, 1907; Ethel Lucille, born July 27, 1912, passed away November, 1925; Roselyn Lavaca, born September 2, 1916, and Guy Olen, Jr., born August 25, 1919.

Grandchildren of Guy and Pearl Duggin are: Larry Herbert Quickel and Carol Quickel Smolar; Kenneth Dale Duggin, Royce Duggin Foster, and Michael Doyle Duggin; Janet Campbell Oblander; Tina Kay, Guy Timothy, and Karl Eric Duggin. Great-grandchildren are: Jay Richard and Jerry Quickel; Julia Ann, Janet Maria, and Jennifer Smolar; Michael W. Duggin; Jennifer Lauren and James Kent Foster; and Stacy and Chad Oblander.

Guy passed away in November 1957, and Pearl passed away in November 1965.

Arleigh operated a general merchandise store in Woodward for a while. Later, he sold his business and moved to Lincoln, Arkansas, where he is living at present.

Frank served his country in World War I. He was gassed while in France. He was hospitalized for sometime, and his lungs were permanently affected. He died of pneumonia following an attack of influenza in 1923.

Willa married Otto Stallings, and they moved to Beaver County. Later, they moved to Oklahoma City, where Otto was employed by the First National Bank. At present, they live in Houston, Texas.


William Nehemiah Dunn (1872-1960) was born in Lynn County, Missouri, September 20, 1872. He married Mary Louisa Phillips, on October 20, 1893. Children born were: Fanny Dell (Mrs. C. L. Young, Sharon, Oklahoma) and Gertie Lee (Mrs. C. S. Kendrick, Alva, Oklahoma).

Will Dunn moved to Oklahoma in 1902, having come to Oklahoma early in 1901, filing a claim 14 miles south and one mile east of Woodward, Oklahoma, in an area that later became known as the South Persimmon community. He first built a sod house (12 X 15 feet). He lived alone and batched for a while and then decided to build a one-room frame house (14 X 20 feet) for his family.

In January of 1902 he returned to Lynn County, Missouri, to make preparations to bring his family to Oklahoma. In early February he brought his wife, Mary, and small daughters, Fanny and Gertie (one and six years, respectively), to Oklahoma.

The household goods and furniture came by chartered freight to Woodward. Livestock (one horse and one cow) was penned in the opposite end of the freight car. The horse, known as Old Topsy, became much needed and loved by the family and lived for over twenty years.

The family came by passenger train and was met in Woodward by Mrs. Dunn's father, Silas Phillips, with horse and wagon. Mr. Phillips had settled in Woodward County a few years before about one mile east of the Dunn homestead.

The family spent a few days with the Phillips awaiting arrival of household goods.

Will Dunn worked hard to provide for his family. After the second year on his claim, he took care of his own farm using a single plow and small cultivator, then found time to help a brother-in-law, Will Lay, who had a farm just west of Mutual, Oklahoma (which is thirteen miles east of the Dunn homestead). He would walk to Mutual, on Sunday afternoon, work all week and then on Saturday, walk back home to spend the weekend with his family. He helped his brother-in-law, Will Lay, in this fashion for two or three years. The Lays' main crop was corn and castor beans, while the Dunns' was corn and maize and later wheat and broomcorn was added.

The largest trading center was Woodward, which was an all day trip by wagon. Therefore, Hackberry was used for much of their trading. It was located eight miles north and east of the homestead and had a small country store, post office and blacksmith shop.

A few months after arriving in Oklahoma, the community built a one-room schoolhouse, which was used for community gatherings as well as a church and Sunday school. Then in a short time, the South Persimmon Baptist Church was organized. The church was built about a quarter of a mile south of the school, on a hill.

The early settlers who helped to organize, build and keep it going are now sleeping in the South Persimmon cemetery within the shadows of the church they loved and helped to build awaiting the resurrection. The little church has been a Beacon on the Hill pointing peapie to God and is very active today.

Submitted by: Gertie Lee (Mrs. C. S. Kendrick) Alva, Oklahoma.


Lemuel Dunshee and his wife, Rebecca Swift Dunshee, came to Oklahoma, from Corydon, Iowa, in a covered wagon with their son, Orlanda F. Dunshee, and two daughters, Cora and Louwilda. Lemuel filed on a claim five miles east, and one mile south of Mutual, where they built a half dugout as their first home.

O. F. Dunshee filed on a claim five miles east, and one mile north of Mutual, where he resided until ill health forced him to give up farming, and he and his wife moved to Woodward, about 1945. He still held the original patent to his farm, which had never been mortgaged, or encumbered in any way.

On May 19, 1901, O. F. Dunshee was married to Nannie Perkins, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William F. Perkins, whose homestead was seven and a half miles east of Mutual and one mile south. Nannie Perkins also homesteaded a farm adjoining her parents' claim. After the wedding, the Dunshees lived on his farm. There they raised a family of three children: Guy Harlan, who died at the age of 26, Lawrence Alva, who resides in Woodward, and Bessie Iola, who lives in San Diego, California.

Alva Dunshee, son of O. F. and Nannie, is the father of three daughters: Mrs. Iona (Keith) Scates, Pond Creek, Oklahoma, Mrs. June (Bob) Lee, of Enid, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Lee Annie (Don) Sissons of Mobile, Alabama. He also has nine grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Bessie Dunshee Taylor has two daughters: Mrs. Buelah (Fay) Combs, and Mrs. Jean (John) Fazio, both of San Diego. She has four grandchildren.

Bob Dunshee, son of Lemuel and Rebecca, and wife, Stella, also homesteaded near Quinlan. Cora and Louwilda, daughters of Lemual and Rebecca, married homesteaders who lived near Mutual. Cora married James M. Duncan, and they later moved to Syracuse, Kansas. Louwilda married Alfred Atwell, and they raised their family on the original homestead. Louwilda died in 1914. Some of the Atwell sons and grandchildren still reside in Woodward County.

Submitted by Drexel Loghry Dunshee.

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