Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


Caroline (Honor) Dalrymple

Lucinda Belle (Elliott) Dalrymple

Oscar Dalrymple

Wesley Dalrymple

Thomas Darby

Ben E. Davis

Mrs. Alma Dawson

Louisa (Harmon) Dalrymple Dean

Luther Denney

Mrs. Ed. Ditman

Claris Zelda Loren (Jackson) Dunn

David E. Dunn

Dorothy Dunn

Elmer W. Dunn

Fannie Mae Round Dunn

Frank Wallace Dunn
Guy Dunn

Haney Dunn

Hayden Dunn

James E. Dunn

Lemuel Dunn

Leonard R. Dunn Sr.

Lottie D. King Dunn

Martha Jane Seely Dunn

Mary E. Lauterbach Dunn

Mattie M. Grant Dunn

Newton M. Dunn

Norene Dunn

Oliver Dunn

Orlando Dunn

Polly Margaret Sturm Dunn

Roy Dunn

 Caroline Honor Dalrymple

Aug. 24, 1934

Mrs. Caroline (HONOR) DALRYMPLE, wife of Wesley DALRYMPLE, passed away at her home north of Chillicothe, Sunday, August 19, at the age of 57 years, 7 months and 14 days.

Deceased was born at Glocester, England, January 5, 1877, the daughter of Robert and Sarah CREW.

On January 5, 1895, she was united in marriage to Wesley DALRYMPLE, to which union were born two children, Ethel and Melvin, both at home.

She leaves to mourn her passing, the husband and children, seven grandsons, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the Chillicothe Methodist church, Wednesday afternoon with Rev. A.H. NOTHDURFT officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Lucinda Belle (Elliott) Dalrymple

Peoria Journal Star

Mrs. Lucinda Belle DALRYMPLE, 69, 408 Sanford street, a resident of Peoria for the last 29 years, died at her home at 9:45 a.m. today.

A daughter of Asa and Ellen ELLIOTT, she was born at Lacon, Feb. 5, 1873. She married Oscar DALRYMPLE at Peoria in June 1914. Mr. DALRYMPLE preceded her in death here Jan. 7, 1935. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are a son, Edward DALRYMPLE, a daughter, Mrs. Trella HARMON, Davenport, Iowa; a brother, John ELLIOTT, McNabb; two sisters, Mrs. Sylvia PHILLIPS of Peoria, and Mrs. Byrle CHASE of Peoria; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral announcements will be made later by the Wilton mortuary.

The next day, the Journal Star reported:

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucinda Belle DALRYMPLE, 69, of 408 Sanford street, who died at her home Wednesday morning,, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Wilton mortuary. Burial will be in Chillicothe cemetery. Mrs. DALRYMPLE had lived in Peoria for the last 20 years and was the widow of Oscar DALRYMPLE. Friends may call at the mortuary after noon today.

The Rev. R.E. BAUERLE will officiate.

A death notice for Nora Maxine DALRYMPLE in the Journal Star indicated she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar DALRYMPLE. She died in Peoria August 29, 1920, at the age of 5 years, 9 months and 18 days, indicating a birthday of December 11, 1914, death certificate number 0031789, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health Death Index 1917-1944.

She was a neice of Mrs. Bertha Sanner of Wyoming.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Oscar Dalrymple

Peoria Journal Star

Oscar H. DALRYMPLE, 64 years old, resident of Peoria for 22 years, passed away suddenly at 5:10 o'clock Monday afternoon at his home, 603 Sixth street.

The son of David and Louisa DALRYMPLE, he was born at Bradford, Ill., July 7, 1870. On June 15, 1913, he married Mrs. Lucinda DALRYMPLE, widow of his brother, Hosea DALRYMPLE.

Surviving besides his wife are four step-children, Rose and Edward DALRYMPLE, Peoria; Mrs. Inez HOITE, East Peoria, and Mrs. Trella HARMON, Davenport, Iowa; a brother, Wesley DALRYMPLE, Chillicothe; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha SANNER, Wyoming, Ill., and Mrs. Mae HOPPER, Los Angeles, Cal.

Memorial services will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at the Wilton mortuary chapel. Interment will be in the Chillicothe cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after 3 o'clock Wednesday.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Wesley Dalrymple

Chillicothe Bulletin

April 10, 1942

Death claimed Wesley DALRYMPLE, 71 years old, Sunday night at 11:45 in a Peoria hospital following an illness of two months duration.

Prior to retirement, the deceased was a coal miner and farmer in and near this city. He was born August 19, 1870, in Claude county, Kansas, the son of David Wesley and Louisa (HARMON) DALRYMPLE. His wife died August 19, 1934.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph DALRYMPLE, who is in the United States army and Melvin DALRYMPLE of this city; one daughter, Ethel, of Chillicothe and a sister, Mrs. Bertha SAUNER, Wyoming.

Last rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Anderson Funeral home with the Rev. W. Harvey YOUNG officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Thomas Darby

The Princeville Telephone

March 10, 1932


Funeral Services Held at Local Methodist Church Wednesday Afternoon

Thomas Darby, aged Princeville resident, passed away at his home on Cottage Grove avenue Sunday night following a slow decline in health for several years. Funeral services were held from the Princeville Methodist Episcopal church on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. J. F. Bliss officiating. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

Thomas, son of Britton and Nancy Darby, was born in Vinton county, Ohio, November 17, 1845, and passed away at his home in Princeville, Illinois, March 6, 1932, at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 24 days.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Jane McGregor on August 26, 1868. To this union were born nine children.

He leaves to mourn his passing, four daughters: Mrs. Lucy Gelvin of Toulon, Ill., Mrs. Ida Springer of Duncan, Ill., Mrs. Jennie White of Newton, Iowa, and Clara Alford of Lowell, Arkansas; and two sons, Britton Darby of Newton, Iowa, and Pearl Darby of Duncan, Ill. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

His wife, and two daughters, Mrs. Della Burgess of Perry, Iowa, and Mrs. Nadene Fox of Duncan, Ill, and one son, Jessie Darby of Princeville, Ill., preceded him in death.

Mr. Darby came to this state when a young man and lived in this and the surrounding communities ever since. For many years he followed the occupation of farming, and upon retiring from active work about 20 years ago, moved to Princeville, where he had since resided.

Mr. Darby was a highly respected citizen of this village and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. His death is deeply regretted by the entire populace.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Ben E. Davis
Bradford Republican, January 12, 1978
Former Bank President Dies
Services for Ben E. Davis, 89, a resident of Parkhill Nursing Home, Chillicothe, and former president of the State Bank at Speer, were at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Speer Congregational Church, of which he was a member.
The Rev. W. W. Sanders officiated and burial was in Springdale Cemetery, Peoria. Robert Anderson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements at Chillicothe.
Mr. Davis died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1878 at the Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, where he was admitted to the coronary care unit about a half hour earlier. He had been under the care of a doctor.
He was president of the State Bank for 56 years. His bank was one of the first to open after the crash in 1933. He was a member of Lawn Ridge Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies and Mohammed Temple of Peoria for over 50 years. He lived in Speer from 1943 to 1967.
Born Dec. 9, 1888, in Kansas, a son of Frank and Lenora Mink Davis, he married Lila Henderson April 23, 1916, at Chicago. She died March 13, 1976. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Orville (Miriam) Northdurft, three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Mrs. Alma Dawson

Glasford Gazette

Dec. 8, 1938


Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Huey were called to Elmwood Saturday to attend the funeral of her grandmother; Mrs. Alma Dawson who died last Thursday as the result of burns.

Mrs. Dawson, who was 76 years, old, was house keeper for Thomas May, near Oak Hill. Her clothing caught fire from a spark from the cook stove, while getting dinner, and she was burned over practically all her body. She died the same night.

Mrs. Dawson had been a member of the Oak Hill Methodist Church for many years.

She is survived by one son Jasper Dawson, Oak Hill, three daughters, Mrs. Addie Cox of' Peoria, Mrs. Howard LaFollette of Wyoming, Ill., and Miss, Edith Dawson of Peoria, also 20 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Peoria County, Il December 8, 1938

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Louisa (Harmon) Dalrymple Dean

Bradford Republican

April 4, 1923

Louisa HARMON was born near Bradford, Illinois, December 11, 1842, and passed away at her home in Chillicothe March 21, 1923, at the age of 81 years. She was the daughter of John and Margaret HARMON, who passed on some years ago.

She was married to Daniel DALRYMPLE in 1862, but he died in 1871. She was the mother of 8 children, 3 preceding her in death.

She was married to Daniel DEAN March 18, 1919, who with the children, two brothers and one sister mourn her departure. There are 32 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and her sister, Mrs. E. WATSON of Chicago. The brothers are Horea HARMON, Fairmont, Nebr., and John HARMON, Bradford, Illinois. The children are Oscar DALRYMPLE of Peoria, Mrs. B.E. SANNER of Oak Park, Illinois, Mrs. May HAPPER of Los Angeles, Calif., Wesley DALRYMPLE and Mrs. Lucy WOODWORTH of Chillicothe. She united with the Methodist church at Pleasant Grove in early childhood.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon by Rev. L.L. PEARCE. Burial was in the city cemetery. - Chillicothe Bulletin.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Luther Denney

Stark County News

April 20, 1893

Luther Denney

Luther Denney died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Denney, Monday evening, April 17, aged 14. He was in his place in Sunday school the day before, and was not thought to be dangerously sick until a very short time before his death. The only complaint he made was of a severe headache. It was a terrible shock to the family, and they have the sympathy of the entire community in their affliction.

The funeral services were held at the house, Wednesday at 1 o'clock, Rev. Francis and Rev. Wiley uniting in the service.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Ed. Ditman
The Bradford Independent July 2, 1885
Mrs. Ed. Ditman died at her home Saturday morning, June 27th. The funeral services were held in the Catholic church, Father Dunbarre officiating. She was buried at Camp Grove Catholic cemetery on Sunday, June 18th. She leaves a husband and three small children.

Mrs. Bridget Ditmon, wife of Edward Ditman, died on Friday, June 26, and was buried in the Catholic church cemetery last Sunday.

Claris Zelda Loren( Jackson) Dunn

Stark County News

Bradford Republican

Despondent because of ill health, Mrs. David E. DUNN, aged 26 years, committed suicide Thursday morning by hanging herself with a clothes line in a corn crib on the DUNN farm southwest of the village of Osceola. Mr. DUNN was working at the upper farm that morning and he discovered the lifeless body of his wife after his return home about noon.

Dr. ROBERTS of Kewanee was summoned and after examining the body gave it as his opinion that the unfortunate woman had been dead for nearly two hours.

Mrs. DUNN was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. JACKSON of Creston, Iowa, and was said to have been in poor health for some time. She and Mr. DUNN were married in January 1927.

With James E. ARMSTRONG acting as foreman, a coroner's jury was impaneled at the DUNN home Thursday evening, the other jurors being Roy YONCE, Lewis W. BEAM, Elmer FORD, John PIGG and George W. TURNBULL. In the absence of R. J. TEETER, Stark County coroner, Justice William A. LAMBERT of Toulon was summoned.

David E. DUNN, aged 36 years, husband of the deceased, was the first witness called. He testified that he was at the upper farm Thursday morning and that he discovered his wife hanging in the corn crib about noon after he returned home. He stated that he lowered his wife's body and then went to the home of his brother who called Dr. ROBERTS, of Kewanee. His brothers, Frank and Haney, returned with him. He said that he and his wife had had no quarrel and that she had never hinted suicide. He stated, however, that she had been in poor health and was of an extremely nervous temperament.

Dr. ROBERTS of Kewanee said that he was called to the DUNN home about 12:20 p.m. by Frank DUNN, brother-in-law of the deceased. When he arrived the body was on a couch with the feet resting on a chair. An examination showed marks of the rope under her ears and around her neck but no marks of violence were found elsewhere on her body. Her clothing was undisturbed. The physician said that the body had probably been dead for two hours.

Frank DUNN, brother-in-law of the deceased, testified to practically the same facts as did the husband. He said that he and his brother, Haney DUNN, who was visiting him, returned to the home of their brother. He could give no reason for the act.

Haney DUNN, the other brother, said that Mrs. DUNN had been a patient at the Kewanee Public hospital during the summer and that she was very nervous. He said that he and his wife had seen Mrs. DUNN about 10 o'clock that morning. He had been helping his brother for a few days and he and his wife decided to go home, telling Mrs. DUNN not to prepare dinner for them. They left for the upper farm about 10 o'clock, David DUNN accompanying them. Mrs. Lottie D. DUNN, wife of Haney DUNN, said that Mrs. DUNN had been in apparently good health that morning but was extremely nervous. She said that she had never heard her hint at suicide but had heard her complain that she became very lonesome.

The jury's verdict was to the effect that Mrs. DUNN came to her death by hanging herself with a rope, the act being caused by despondency through poor health and being committed between the hours of 10 and 11 o'clock a.m. Thursday, October 20.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

The Bradford Republican

The body of Mrs. David DUNN, of near Osceola, was found hanging from the rafters in the corn crib Thursday when her husband returned home. Mr. DUNN had been at the funeral of a neighbor that morning. The body was taken down by the husband, and assistance rendered by relatives who had been called and a physician, but their efforts proved of no avail. Mrs. DUNN was dead when cut down. The death of Mrs. DUNN cast a deep shadow of sorrow over the neighborhood, where she was well known and highly esteemed.

A coroner's jury was impaneled during the day, and a verdict of suicide by hanging, caused by nervousness and despondency, brought in.

Claris Zelda Loren JACKSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. JACKSON and wife of David E. DUNN, was born at Kellertown, Ia., Jan. 25, 1900. She remained at home during the early years of her life, attended the Kellerton schools, later making her home at her sisters, Mrs. Lev SHAFFER, at Des Moines, Ia. She also made her home with Mrs. Elizabeth JACKSON of Kewanee for several years.

On Jan. 31, 1927, she was united in marriage with David E. DUNN at Burlington, Ia.

Those left to mourn her passing are the husband, her father and mother, a sister, Mrs. Veda SHAFFER, two brothers, Merwyn and Millard of Kellerton, Ia. A brother, Cecil JACKSON, preceded her in death nearly five years ago. There are also several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Mrs. DUNN became a member of the Kellertown Christian church in 1917, of which church she retained membership until the time of her death.

Funeral services for Mrs. David DUNN were held at the Community house at Osceola Grove Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. C.H. BECKER of Elmira in charge, assisted by the Rev. H.L. ALLEY of the Osceola Baptist church and the Rev. C.L. SHULT of the Neponset M.E. church.

Interment was in the Osceola Grove cemetery.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

David E. Dunn

Kewanee Star-Courier

ELMIRA - David E. DUNN, life-long resident of the Elmira community, died Thursday at 9 a.m. at his home. He was born near Elmira, the son of Wallace W. and Polly (STURM) DUNN. He was married to Opal Mary TRACY Oct. 4, 1933, at Keokuk, Iowa.

Mr. DUNN was a veteran of World War I, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, World War I Barracks of Stark County, and a member of the Osceola Baptist Church.

Surviving are the wife, two daughters, Mrs. James (Marjorie) GANG of Belvidere, Mrs. John (Shirley) RIEKER of Elmira, and nine grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Kidd Funeral Home. The Rev. David STENSVAD, pastor of Elmira United Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Osceola Grove Cemetery.

ELMIRA - David E. DUNN, life-long resident of the Elmira community, died Thursday at 9 a.m. at his home. He was born near Elmira, the son of Wallis W. and Polly (STURM) DUNN. He was married to Opal Mary TRACY Oct. 4, 1933, at Keokuk, Iowa.

Mr. DUNN was a veteran of World War I, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, World War I Barracks of Stark County, and a member of the Osceola Baptist Church.

Surviving are the wife, two daughters, Mrs. James (Marjery) GANG of Belvidere, Mrs. John (Shirley) RIEKER of Elmira, and nine grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Kidd Funeral Home. The Rev. David STENSVAD, pastor of Elmira United Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Osceola Grove Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Dorothy Dunn

Stark County News

Jan. 27, 1932

Following a brief but severe illness, Miss Dorothy DUNN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Haney DUNN, living two miles southwest of Osceola, passed away at 4:30 Monday morning at the Public hospital in Kewanee. Her death followed an operation for appendicitis.

Miss DUNN was taken ill at her home several days previous to her removal to the hospital and for a time it appeared that she was suffering from intestinal flu. When her condition became worse, she was taken to the hospital, where she submitted to the operation. Peritonitis developed and her death came early Monday morning.

Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock this afternoon at the Osceola M.E. church, Rev. R.A. GORDON, of Geneseo, a former pastor of the church, was in charge, being assisted by Rev. DICKERSON of Neponset. Interment was in Osceola Grove cemetery.

Dorothy DUNN, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Haney DUNN, was born in Buda July 5, 1911, and passed away in Kewanee Public hospital January 25, 1932, being aged 20 years, 6 months and 20 days. Most of her life was spent in Stark County in the Osceola community although the family lived for a time in Kewanee where the deceased attended school. She was a member of the Osceola M.E. church.

Beside her parents, Miss DUNN is survived by one sister, Miss Norene DUNN, of Chicago, who is a private secretary to the state Y.M.C.A. secretary.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Elmer W. Dunn

Kewanee Star Courier

Elmer W. Dunn, 83, of 624 N. Union died Saturday, February 8, 1992, at Kewanee Hospital. Born April 10, 1908, in Osceola, son of Frank and Fannie (Rounds) Dunn, he was reared and educated in Osceola schools and Married Mattie Grant on December 29, 1932 in Toulon. She died in 1969. One brother and three sisters also preceded him in death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Laverne(Terry L.) Carlson of Galva; three sons, Bruce of Galva, A. Dean of Pontoosuc and Virgil Gene of Kewanee; two sisters, Noreen McMillan of Portland, Oregan and Mrs. William (FRankie) Martin of Kewanee; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He had worked in Maintence at Dixon State School, retiring in 1970. He was a member of Kewanee Senior Citizens Center. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cavagh and Schueneman Funeral Home with the Rev. David Willard officiating. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery. A memorial has been established.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Fannie Mae Round Dunn

Stark County News

Dec. 24, 1930


In failing health for a period of several weeks, Mrs. Frank Dunn, of Osceola, passed away early Friday morning at the Public Hospital in Kewanee, where she had been a patient for two weeks.

Funeral services were held at the Osceola community house Sunday afternoon with Rev. C.E. Shult, of Neponset, in charge.

Mrs.Dunn was aged 51 years and had been a resident of this county and the Osceola community for the past 23 years. She was a member of the Osceola Methodist church.

The deceased is survived by her husband and six children, Mrs. Hazel Shelton, of Chicago; Mrs. Jennie Tonn, who resides in Wisconsin; Mrs. Ruth Bishop, of Osceola; Elmer and Norene, both at home, and a daughter, Frankie, who lives with an Aunt, Mrs. Jennie Moore. She was preceded in death by six children.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Frank Wallace Dunn


Frank Dunn, 67 years old, a farmer living about three miles northeast of Elmira, was stricken with apoplexy Tuesday morning and passed away at 11:30 o'clock at his home. He had not been ill previous to the stroke and his death came as a great shock to his family. Funeral services had not been completed at a late hour this morning.

Kewanee Star-Courier

OSCEOLA Funeral service for Frank DUNN, who died about 11:30 Tuesday morning, will be held at 2 o'clock from the Community House at Osceola Grove in charge of the Rev. Mr. Guy DEWHIRST, pastor of the Methodist Church at Neponset. Friends may call at the home tonight.

Mr. DUNN was victim of a paralytic stroke in the yard at his home. He died within two hours without regaining consciousness.

The decedent, a lifelong resident of the community, was born June 14, 1872. He was a retired farmer. He married Fannie ROUNDS in 1894 in Cambridge. She died Dec. 19, 1930. On July 23, 1934, he was married to Miss Katherine DeGROOT of Peoria. Surviving are the widow and six living children: Mrs. Hazel SHELTON, Chicago; Mrs. Jennie TONN, Menasha, Wis.; Mrs. Norene McMILLEN, Neponset; Mrs. Frankie MARTIN, Wyoming; Mrs. Ruth BISHOP, Elmira; Elmer, Osceola. A son, Roy, preceded his father in death.

Also surviving are six stepchildren, 26 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and a sister: Haney, Bradford; Dave, Osceola; Mrs. Jennie MOORE, Kewanee."

PROBATE RECORDS on file in Stark County, Illinois, list Frank DUNN's date of death as December 7, 1937, at his residence, and name Katherine E. DUNN as his administratrix. His estate was described as 130 acres of land, 1,800 to 2,000 bushels of corn, a 1930 Packard, some machinery and household goods.

Survivors were listed as Hazel SHELTON of 2913 N. Spaulding Ave., Chicago; Jennie M. TUNN, 72 Mathewson St., Menasha, Wisconsin; Ruth BISHOP, Elmira; Norean (also spelled Noraine) McMILLAN or McMULLEN, Kewanee or Neponset; Frankie MARTIN, Wyoming; Elmer DUNN, Osceola; and grandchildren Hayden DUNN, Leonard DUNN and Kenneth DUNN, all of Buda, sons of Roy J. DUNN, deceased.

Rybern STRICKLAND, son of Frank DUNN's second wife, testified as to proof of heirship.

The estate records showed Frank DUNN owned 40 acres in NW ¼ NW ¼ Section 15, 10 acres in NW ¼ NE ¼ NW ¼ Section 15, 40 acres in SW ¼ NW ¼ Section 15 and 40 acres in Lot 7, Section 16, all in T14N R6E, Elmira Township.

Kewanee Star-Courier


Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Frank Dunn at the Osceola Grove Community House. Rev. G. Dewhurst, of Neponset, was in charge and Mrs James Briggs and Mrs. Marvin Cinnamon sang. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Guy Dunn

Stark County News

August 1907

Guy Dunn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dunn, was born October 24, 1905, and died August 2, 1907, after a few hours sickness. The funeral was conducted from the Baptist church Sunday at 11 o'clock, the remains being laid to rest in the Osceola Grove Cemetery.

(This was not an obituary but was just in the Osceola Correspondents article.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Haney Dunn

Wednesday, March 12, 1941


Funeral services for Haney Dunn, 67, were held at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at Osceola Community House. Mr. Dunn died about 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon at his home near Bradford following a several months serious illness with heart trouble. He had been in failing health for a number of years.

Services at the community House were preceded by a short service at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Bradford.

Haney Dunn was born near Whitfield, the son of Wallace W. and Polly Sturm Dunn, altho he had spent the greater part of his life in Stark County, having come here with his parents at an early age. He also had lived for a few years in Buda and Kewanee where he was engaged in the contracting and building business.

He married in September, 1902, to Lottie King. who survives. Two daughters were born to their union one of whom, Norene, also survives. The other daughter Dorothy died in January, 1932. Other survivors include a brother, David Dunn, of Osceola community, and a sister, Mrs. Harry Moore, of Kewanee.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Hayden Dunn

Bureau County Republic


Sheffield-Hayden D. Dunn, 76, of Sheffield, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 1995 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. He was born August 25, 1918 in Neponset, the son of Roy and Anna King Dunn.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in the European Theatre.

He is survived by one son, Keith Dunn of Kewanee; one daughter, Dorothy Ingram of Rural Buda; several grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Dunn of Seaton; and one sister, Pat Cubon of Mayben, Miss. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held Thuresday, March 2, at the Taylor Memorial Chapel in Buda, with Rev. Joseph Grozik officiating.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Taylor Memorial Chapel.

Burial will be in the Osceola Grove Cemetery near Bradford. Graves side military rites will be by Buda American Legion Post #261.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

James E. Dunn

DUNN - The funeral of James E. DUNN will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the undertaking establishment of Bisch & Son and at 11 a.m. at United Brethren church, Rev. O.O. INMAN, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Ridge.

It is requested by the family that no flowers be sent.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Lemuel Dunn

Bradford Republican

July 17, 1929

Lem DUNN, a resident of Bradford and community for a number of years, was found dead in his room in the Mrs. Horace BLAISDELL home Saturday morning about 9:30 o'clock. Ben AMIEL, who rooms in the same home, went to Mr. DUNN's room at the time mentioned and found Mr. DUNN lying on the floor near his bed. A physician was summoned at once, but upon arrival found that death had set in several hours previous. It was thought a stroke was the cause of death, and this was the verdict of inquiry made later by Coroner TEETER of Wyoming.

Lemuel DUNN was born near Modena, this county, on September 15, 1856, and passed away in Bradford on Saturday morning, July 13, 1929. His younger days were spent in the vicinity of Modena. After reaching young manhood he was married to Miss Cornelia WEAVER, who preceded him in death a number of years.

Much of his life was spent in and near Bradford, where he followed the trade as painter, and was a skilled and honest workman, kind and friendly, attending to his own business, and lived his life as he best knew it. He had many old friends here who regret to learn of his passing.

He leaves a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth BARTON, residing in California, besides other relatives in this vicinity.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the M.E. church, Rev. CRAPP in charge. Burial was made in the Snareville cemetery, where other relatives are interred. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Leonard R. Dunn Sr.

Kewanee Star Courier

BUDA - Leonard R. DUNN Sr., 57, of Buda, an area businessman, died at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, in the Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, where he had been a patient four days.

He was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Osceola Township, Stark County, the son of Roy and Anna Mae (KING) DUNN. He spent his early years in Stark County and moved to rural Annawan in 1938. He attended Mineral High School.

In 1940 DUNN moved to Osceola. He married Irene GOULD on June 20, 1945, in Elmira. After their marriage they lived in Kewanee and he worked for Pearson's of Galva and the former Kewanee Works, Walworth Co. The last 12 years, he was part owner in Sheffield Auto Sales, being associated with his son, Leonard Jr.

Surviving are his widow, three sons, Leonard Jr., Sheffield, John, Kewanee, and Donald, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Alton (Linda) BASS, Peoria, and Laurie, at home; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Hayden, Kewanee, and Kenneth, Seaton; and a half-sister, Mrs. James (Patricia) CUBON, Maben, Miss.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home, Sheffield, with Rev. John MAHONEY of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sheffield, officiating.

Interment will be in the Osceola Grove Cemetery, Bradford.

Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the funeral home

Memorials may be directed to Sheffield or Buda rescue units.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Lottie D. (King) Dunn

Bradford Republican

March 8, 1968

Mrs. Lottie D. DUNN, 89, died Tuesday morning, at the Canton Nursing Home, Canton, Illinois.

Mrs. DUNN was born September 15, 1878, near Dover, the daughter of Thomas and Emily (GILBERT) KING. She was married September 3, 1902, in Princeton, to Haney DUNN.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two daughters, Noreen and Dorothy.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Dunlap Funeral Home with Rev. Lauren GERBER, pastor of the Bradford Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be in Osceola Grove Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Martha Jane (Seely) Dunn

Mrs. Orlando DUNN, a well known and highly esteemed resident of this community for many years, passed away Friday night at the home of her son, Floyd, a few miles west of Bradford. Mrs. DUNN had not been in the best of health for the past few years, but was able to be about, and took great pleasure in visiting with her children. Her last illness dates back to several months ago, and since that time she stayed with her son, Floyd.

Martha Jane SEELY was born Aug. 9, 1865, near Bradford. Most of her early life was lived in this locality where she attended the Pleasant Grove school southwest of Bradford.

On June 26, 1883, she was married to Orlando DUNN of this community. To this happy marriage were born six children, three of whom have died.

Mr. DUNN departed to be with the Lord in 1922, after he and his wife had comfortably settled in their new home in Bradford for about three years. Since Mr. DUNN's death, Mrs. DUNN spent her remaining years with her surviving children.

For the past few years Mrs. DUNN has experienced poor health, constantly under the care of a physician. Just when she seemed to be regaining her strength, she experienced a stroke on Jan. 3 of this year, which brought about her death on Jan. 14, 1938, and took her to be with her husband and Lord.

Those mourning her death are, a sister, Mrs. Mary WOODWARD, of Galesburg, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Walter DePRY of Rittman, Ohio, and Mrs. J. H. SCOTT, of Bradford; one son, Floyd DUNN, also of this place, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

She was a Baptist, belonging first to Osceola Baptist church and later united with the First Baptist church of Bradford.

Mrs. DUNN was highly esteemed in her church and in the community by her many friends who feel her departure keenly.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon, Jan. 17, at the Osceola Grove Community House, in charge of Rev. G.J. BENNETT. Burial was in the Osceola Grove cemetery.

The Stark County News, same date, had a shorter obituary but added some details about the services:

Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Osceola Grove Community House, with Rev. George J. BENNETT, pastor of the Bradford Baptist Church, officiating. Song service was in charge of Mrs. James BRIGGS and Mrs. Marvin CINNAMON, with Mrs. Ray TURNBULL accompanying at the piano.

Body-bearers were Clarence SCHOLES, Lehman LACKIE, John KELCH, Frank HALLOCK,

James BRIGGS and Joseph KIDD. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mary E. (Lauterbach) Dunn

The February 28, 1952, edition of the Illinois State Journal, contained this obituary:

"Mrs. Mary E. DUNN, of 2137 Lowell Ave., died at 10:15 p.m. yesterday at the Illinois state hospital in Jacksonville. She was 83 years old.

"She was born in Springfield July 6, 1868, and had resided here most of her life. She attended local schools and was married to Oliver W. DUNN, Aug. 28, 1888, by Rev. B.F. CROUSE, former pastor of Grace Lutheran church. Her husband died Dec. 6, 1947.

"Mrs. DUNN was a member of Grace Lutheran church and was a past member of the Ladies Aid society of that church. She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star.

"Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. George HOWARD; a sister, Miss Katherene LAUTERBACH; and two brothers, John E. and Clarence L. LAUTERBACH, all of city.

"Remains are at the Jacksonville hospital and will be returned to Springfield."

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mattie M. Grant Dunn

The Star Courier

Mrs. Mattie M. Dunn

Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie M. Dunn, 56, of 715 S. Jackson Ave., Dixon, Formerly of Kewanee, who died Monday evening at Dixon Public Hospital, were scheduled for 3p.m. Thursday at the Creamer Funeral Home. The Rev. Fred H. Davis, of the First Baptist Church of Dixon was to officiate. Burial was to be in the Osceola Cemetery. She was born in Kentucky Nov. 29, 1913, the daughter of Elige and Mary Ellen Eden Grant. She married Elmer Dunn December 29, 1932 in Toulon Surviving are the husband; one daughter, Mrs Kenneth (Terry)Wirth of Dixon; three sons, Bruce and Gene, both of Kewanee, and Dean of Wyoming; 13 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are four brothers, Phillip and Reuben Grant, both of Kewanee; Joseph of La Belle, Mo., and Elige Grant of Wyoming; three sisters, Mrs. William (Mary) Kope of Berea, Ky., Mrs. James(Alice) Davidson of Kewanee, and Mrs, Patsy Bickers of St. Louis, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Star Courier

December 1969


Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie M. Dunn, 55, of 715 S. Jacksdon Ave., Dixon, who died Monday night, will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the cCeamer Funeral Home. The Rev. Fred H. Davis of First Baptist Church of Dixon will officiate. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Newton M. Dunn

"DUNN - Died, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 1904, at Springfield hospital, of heart trouble, Newton M. DUNN, aged 21 years, 10 months, 10 days.

"The remains will be taken to the residence of the decedent's uncle, J.J. KELLY, 1161 North Third street, today. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at that place, the Rev. E.H. SHUEY officiating. The interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery.

"The decedent is survived by his mother, Mrs. Bertha DUNN; one sister, Alice; four brothers, Clarence, James, Daniel and Walter DUNN."

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Norene Dunn

Bradford - Miss Norene M. DUNN, 56, accountant at the Hotchkiss Steel Products Co., Bradford, died early Saturday morning at her home.

"The daughter of Haney R. and Lottie (KING) DUNN, she was born May 7, 1903, in Buda. She had lived in Bradford for the past 15 years.

"Surviving is her mother, Mrs. Lottie DUNN. She was preceded in death by her father, Haney DUNN, and one sister, Dorothy.

"Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Dunlap Funeral Home, Bradford, where visitation will be after 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Arnold OLSEN, pastor of the Leet Memorial Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Osceola Grove Cemetery." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Oliver Dunn

The Illinois State Journal, Springfield, of December 7, 1947, contains this obituary:

"Oliver W. DUNN, 80, of 1225 Franklin Ave., a lifelong resident of Sangamon County, died at 5:15 p.m. yesterday at Memorial hospital, which he entered Tuesday.

"Mr. DUNN was a general contractor. He was born April 22, 1867. On August 28, 1888, he married Miss Mary E. LAUTERBACH of Springfield. In 1938, he and Mrs. DUNN observed their 50th anniversary. He had resided at this street address since his marriage.

"He was a member of the St. Paul's Lodge 500, AF&AM, Flower City Chapter of Eastern Star and the Grace Lutheran Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. George W. HOWARD, one grandson, Wendell HOWARD, both of this city, and several nieces and nephews.

"The body is at Bisch Memorial Home." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Orlando Dunn

Bradford Republican

Nov. 1, 1922

Orlando DUNN, one of the most widely known men of this community, died suddenly at his home here Monday morning between one and two o'clock. Mr. DUNN had been as well as usual all day Sunday. In fact, his health has always been the best, never complaining in the least at any time. Sunday evening when he retired he complained of a numbness in his arms, but thought nothing of it. About one o'clock, Mrs. DUNN was awakened by his heavy breathing and at once noticed that something was wrong. She tried to rouse him, and failing in this, she immediately phoned for a physician. However, when the doctor arrived, Mr. DUNN was practically beyond help, and although everything was done to bring back life, their efforts proved to no avail and Mr. DUNN passed away without gaining consciousness. His death was a terrible shock to his wife, as it was to the entire community when the news became known next morning.

Orlando DUNN was born September 15, 1859, about five mile west of Bradford, being at the time of his death 63 years, one month and 15 days old.

On June 26, 1883, he was married to Miss Martha J. SEELY of Bradford and for twenty-two years they made their home on the farm west of this place. About three years ago Mr. and Mrs. DUNN moved to Bradford, building themselves a fine home to spend their remaining days, little dreaming that the husband and father would be called to a higher home in such a short time.

Mr. DUNN was a member of the Osceola Baptist church and was ever an active and earnest worker for the cause. He was ever ready to give a helping hand to those in need, a good neighbor, a kind husband, loving father, an upright and honorable citizen, and a man that loved his home and never happier than when his children and grandchildren were around him. In his death, the community has lost a man whose (page torn) is not easily filled.

To Mr. and Mrs. DUNN there were born six children, three of whom passed to that home beyond. They were Mrs. Thos. BLAKE of Buda, Garnette B. DUNN and Kenneth L. DUNN. Those still living to mourn a kind and generous father are Mrs. Walter DePRY of Rittman, Ohio; Floyd DUNN and Mrs. J.H. SCOTT, both of this community. Besides these, he leaves his bereaved wife, three brothers, Riley DUNN of Corning, Iowa, Wallace DUNN of Kewanee and James DUNN of Ladd, Ill. Also one sister, Mrs. Wm. ROBERTS of Wyoming, Ill.

The funeral was held this afternoon at two o'clock at the Community House, Osceola Grove, in charge of Rev. R.E. ALLEN, of Osceola, assisted by Rev. Frank METCALF of this place. Burial was in the cemetery close by.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Polly Margaret (Sturm) Dunn

Stark County News

Dec. 29, 1920

A number of our people were saddened to hear on Christmas day that Mrs. Wallace DUNN, who lived for many years in Osceola, had passed away on Christmas eve at her home in Kewanee. She had been in failing health since last summer as she had been afflicted with heart trouble together with other complications and about three weeks ago underwent an operation from which she was unable to recover.

Polly Margaret STURM was born in Peoria county December 28, 1842, and would have been 78 years old yesterday had she lived that long but the end came on the night of the 24th. When she was but three weeks old her parents moved to Stark County and lived on a farm up near Bradford. This was her home until her marriage to Wallace DUNN after which they moved to a farm in Osceola. They made this their home until a short time ago when she and her husband moved to Kewanee.

To them were born five children, a son, Wallace, passing away in early childhood. The surviving children are Frank DUNN of Osceola; Haney DUNN of Bradford; Mrs. Eugene GERARD and David DUNN of Kewanee. There are also nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. DUNN is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Kate SHANNON of Kewanee; and Mrs. Melisse MESCALL of Cambridge.

Mrs. DUNN was a kind and loving wife and mother and her nature was such that she leaves many warm friends to mourn her death. Altho her home duties were many, she always found time to help those in need and those who were in trouble of any kind. These kind acts won her many friends who will mourn her death.

Short funeral service was held on Monday at the late residence in Kewanee and was conducted by Rev. I.C. TRENT, pastor of the Baptist church in Kewanee, after which the body was taken to Osceola where another service was held in charge of Rev. B.E. ALLEN, after which the interment was in the Osceola Grove cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Roy Dunn

Feb. 4, 1928

Unknown Newspaper


Roy Dunn, Osceola Farmer, Fails to Survive Fall; To Hold Inquest

Roy Dunn, Osceola farmer, who has been in the Kewanee Public hospital suffering from a broken neck died about 10:45 o'clock this morning. The body was removed to the undertaking parlor of Erickson and McHugh where an inquest was held at 2 o'clock this afternoon.

Mr. Dunn suffered from a fracture of the fifth, sixth, and seventh cervical vertebrae. His condition was at one time believed to be somewhat improved. He was injured Wednesday afternoon while carrying a gate when he slipped and fell on the ice. His head was caught in the gate as he fell and the injury to his neck resulted.

He was at once rushed to the hospital where x-ray pictures were taken of the injury. He was paralized from the waist down.

He is married and survived by a wife and several children. Funeral arrangements had not been made at an early hour this afternoon.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Bradford Republican

Feb. 8, 1928

"Roy DUNN, well known farmer living near Osceola, was fatally injured last Wednesday when he fell in such a manner as to break his neck. Mr. DUNN was in the act of removing an endgate in a truck. He had lifted it out of the truck, when in some manner he slipped, the heavy gate striking him on the back of the neck as he fell.

"He was rushed to the hospital in Kewanee, but in spite of everything that was done, all proved of no avail. He passed away Saturday morning.

"Mr. DUNN leaves his wife and three children to mourn his death, in addition to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank DUNN, and other close relatives. He was 29 years old and had lived near Osceola all his life, where he was highly esteemed.

"The funeral service was held at the M.E. church in Osceola yesterday. Burial was in the Osceola Grove cemetery."

- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Newspaper Article

Feb. 6, 1928


A verdict of accidental death was returned by the coroner's jury at inquest, Saturday into the death of Ray Dunn, who suffered a broken neck in a fall at his home near Osceola last week. Death occurred Saturday at the Kewanee Public hospital.

The funeral will be held from the late home at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with services at 2 o'clock at the community hall. Burial will be in the Osceola cemetery.

Evidence offered by the widow at the inquest Saturday disclosed that her husband was pinned beneath a heavy end-gate when he slipped on some ice and fell. Dr. W.E. Washburn, who performed an operation in an effort to save his life, also testified.

The deceased was 29 years old and had lived in Osceola his entire life. He married Miss Anna King at Kewanee in 1916, who survives besides three children, Hayden, Leonard, and Kenneth.

Also surviving are the parents, Mr. andMrs. Frank Dunn, five sisters, Mrs. Arthur Shelton, Mrs. William Tonn, Mrs Richard Bishop, and Noreen and Frankie Dunn and a brother, Elmer Dunn.

Members of the coroner's jury were C.F. McConnell, T.R. Davis, Frank Hoosens, Frank Clark, Robert Bradley and B.E. Empson.

- Contributed by Karen Seeman


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