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Obituary of James Dunn 1887

Contributed by Carol Clark

Site visitor Carol Clark of Fairview, Utah, has found and submitted the obituary below. Carol has advised that she is a descendant of Thomas and Oliver Dunn, early settlers of Erie County. The obit was found in the Lincoln Nebraska Archives with the papers of his son, Lee J. Dunn. The obituary itself is from the Erie Dispatch of December 7th, 1887. Any questions or comments should be sent directly to Carol Clark.

Obituary of James Dunn

A wide circle of personal friends were startled this forenoon by the announcement that Erie's respected citizen, Mr. James Dunn, had died suddenly at his home on Tenth Street, near French Street.

Mr. Dunn, who with his wife moved from McKean township to Erie four years ago, was residing with his son, Mr. Geo. L. Dunn, a state Street merchant. This morning he and his wife stepped out to the barn to direct the disposition of some dressed meat which their farmer had brought in. While in conversation Mr. Dunn suddenly staggered and fell to the floor and died without even a moan. Mr. Geo. L. Dunn was called and Dr. Wm. Faulkner notified, but the unfortunate man was dead when they arrived. Mr. Dunn had been in his usual health and had not complained of any ill feeling. He was born and raised in McKean township, where he lived all his life until he came to Erie. He amassed considerable of a fortune though his own industry. He leaves of his own family one brother Robert G. Dunn of McKean, and two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Dumars, of Millcreek, and Mrs.. Stewart, of Topeka, Kas. He leaves with his sorrow-stricken widow two sons, Lee J. Dunn of Nebraska, and G. L. Dunn of Erie.

Mr. Dunn was a man of prominence in county affairs. While he held all township offices he also served the county as a director of the poor two terms. He was a man of unimpeachable integrity, was kind and generous; strictly temperate in his habits, and a man who's advice and counsel was often sought in both public and private matters by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

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