Mar. 1998 Vol. 1 Issue 6
the Dunn Journal Published bi-montWy, it's sole purpose is to foster a sense of family, our history and traditions ... Editor
Encouraging a Sense of Family
1848-1998 This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of our arrival in America. In October of 1848 a lone Irishman by the name of James Dunn stepped onto Americ.an soil in the Port of New York with a singular dream: To escape starvation and provide a home for his family. We are the product of that dream; we are family!
Todd Dunn Assistant Editor Tommy Dunn
The Dunn Journal is dedicated to nurturing a sense of family.
Correspondents Janice Walsh, Marie Wilcox, Tommy Dunn Consultants Howard Dunn, Teresa Decoteau,Lawrence Dunn, Earl Dunn Historical Consultant Peggy Auger
On Saturday August 15, 1998 the Dunn Family wi 11 hold its Annual Reunion at the Home of Lawrence and Audrey Dunn in Charlton, Mass There will be no better time to honor our ancestry and pay homage to our history.
Publisher Tom Dunn
RRI Box 2415 East Hardwick, VT 05836 (802)4 72-6840 e-mail: email@example.com
Please plan on joining us.
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pRofl1e HOWARD N. DUNN(Daniel,James) 30 March 1924 Howard was born in 1924, on what would be known in later years as the Coburn Farm, in Westfield, Vt. Actually the 600 acre farm was half in Westfield and half in Troy. Note: Dr. Adams had delivered most if not all of the children and at the time of Howards birth Dan and Linda had a run of 4 girls. 01' Docs standard fee was $10 but on this birth he announced an increase to $15, figuring the adjustment reasonable given a son was finally born. Howard has never let his sisters forget this sudden valuation for a moment! (Source: Howard Dunn (of course) as told to tom dunn 16 Dec 1997). Within a few months of birth, fire destroyed the barn and house and the family moved into a rented home in the village of Westfield. Teresa recalls this day quite vividly. She was holding Howard in her anns and taking care of him for her mother while chaos erupted around them. They stayed in Westfield for a few months until Dan purchased the "big house" in Troy and they moved there.
which the Dunns lived burned , but since they owned a residence in Troy village, only a short distance to the farm. Having a chance to sell the village place and the (Blank?) wanting it at once, Mrs. Dunn demanded that the new farm house (Blank?) to be at all, be completed in 21 days, and it was. The home is a most commodious building: with 2 porches, cellar under the entire house and ell , is finished in hard pine within walls of sheetrock. There are nine rooms besides the bath, running hot and cold water, electnc lights and the house is modern in every particular The ,
on the farm was built in 1928 structure is 60 x 120 and houses a
dairy of 32 registered A~TShire CO\vs but the place would easily hold 100. The buildings across the road from the new house formerly used for machinery are to be rebuilt into a horse bam and when complete the Dunn Farm vv'ill easily rank as one of the largest and best in the county. NB. The blanks mean unreadable original clipping.
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In 1930 Howards' first teacher was Kathryn Fields, later to be hIS slster-m-Iaws sister. (Alice Field Dunn). One of hls classmates was Ivan The year before starting school in Troy (1929) the Field, Kathryns' youngest brother. Kathryn was a family moved to their newly built home on the strict teacher, insistin12 on obedience and to Coburn Farm. It was the most modern farm around enforce good discipline kept a 2 foot rubber hose as described by the local newspaper: handy. Howard reports receiving a few "lessons" in Dunn House Built in Only Twenty-one Days..... . this manner but could never reconcile why Ivan Complete, Modern Home Now Stands on Dunn was deprived of these valued teachings. A sort of Farm on the Troy-Westfield Road ..••..••Built in spare the rod, spoil the (Dunn) child affair, according to Hov.iard. Record Time Between South Troy and Westfield is a new farm house in which Mr. and Mrs.D.M. Dunn and family have been comfortably located since June 21, yet on June 1 there were but the signs of building operations on the site. Twenty-one days was the contract limit for the erection of this two-story, 26 x 28 house with ell of 16 x 24 and RA. Scott of Orleans was the contractor who completed the building on time. The Dunn farm contains about 600 acres, some 200 acres of that being in one level meadow of river bottom land. Six years ago, the farm house in
In 1935 the famil\'. moves to the West Road ' Howard is now 11 years old. Dan had purchased the Willy Farm and the family was starting over. During Howards early years rural mail delivery was in its infancy and the mailman delivered the mail (letters only) by horse and buggy. Packages required a trip to the local post office. One of the looked for arrivals was the weekly Paladium News out of N.Troy. Arab, being the oldest usually got to it first, but there was always a scramble, reading over the shoulder sort of thing ..(Howard 16 Dec page 2
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1997)The Palladium News was a weekly publication, advertised as "spicey", published by a Butterfield.(Source: Childs Gazetteer of Orleans County) During his early teens Howard had occasions to go to town In the evening and he recalls the dances at Worsthoms dance hall in town. He vividly recalls the music of Leo Willey and Earlene LaCass, who later married Leo; and especially the fiddling of her brother Kent LaCass. Leo was a very good square dance caller and while too young to dance Howard enjoyed these rare moments.Later as a young adult Howard could be seen on some Saturday evenings at Red Wing in Coventry. ((His father Dan at +70,forgetting his own youthful history, would scoff at this foolishness. It would have made more sense to Dan had he gone to bed and rested.) As a very young child I recall these evenings, in fact the house seemed quite empty without Howard around for the evening. Dan would be sitting by the stove, smoking his pipe, sputtering and fusing 'bout how foolish this matter was ... until Linda set him right.( tom dunn)
Barton wanting to be near his own "roots". In 1963 Linda moves to live with Teresa and Charlie and stay with a familiar city/church rather than move to a new city so late in life. Linda dies in 1967. Both are buried in their home town of Newport. Howard, who for so many years shouldered a healthy responsibility could now invest in his own life; and invest he did. Mabel Parsons Coombs enters his life and they marry in 1961. They sell the house on Chestnut street in Brattleboro, buy in Hinsdale in 1963, sell in 1973 and purchase their current home in Spoffard. The best deal he ever bargained for!! Howard retires from the Bookpress in 1986 after 26 years as a J ourneyrnan. Very active in the Union he was Vice-President for many years and President for 4 years. A few years before his retirement Howard developed his interest in antique clocks and has scoured New England for them. On the hour is an exciting time on Edgar Road! A deeply religious man, devoted to his Catholic faith and a genuine loyalty and love for his family. Howard possesses the same sense of humor, quick wit (oft times embarrassing Mabel) as seems to prevail in this family.
By 1938, the two older brothers had married and moved away from the farm. Howard is now 14, Lawrence is 12 and significantly Dan is 69!! While Dan is making the decisions two very young Some of us younger Dunns have seen fit to men are growing up real fast. ..but work the farm acquaint ourselves with our history and Howard is they did and did it well. In the mid 1940s' they build a new barn and a young 18 year old . always ready to guide us through this. He has Lawrence supervised its construction. In 1947 never missed a re-union and it wouldn't be right Lawrence marries, leaves the farm to start his own without him. A gentle man.. (Source: Conversation with Howard Dunn 12 Nov 1997; tom dunn) life. Howard stays on the farm alone to support his parents and earn his own living. Wheaties, Breakfasts of Champions since 1948 In 1952 with the dairy industry in its own crises, *** the Korean War absorbing labor and money, it was I still love the oldie about the convict who was decided to close operations. Howard went to going to die in the electric chair and called his Brattleboro, stayed briefly with his sisters, found lawyer, Paddy O"Neill for some advice. employrnent/housing,sold the farm, auctioned off Paddy replied, "Don't sit down! t" the machinery and some of the household furnishing and moved his parents to Brattleboro. *** Dan and Linda lived out most their lives with Howard, but near their other children, never wanting for anything. A more dedicated son not to be found. Dan dies in 1959 in a nursing home in
lest we fOR~et 118 years ago ...Ernest R. Dunn was born 7 March 1880 in Coventry, VI. Ernest was the fourth son page 3
the Dunn ,TournaI of Thomas H. DUNN and Violinda 'Linda' LATHE.Ernest married Gertrude Alice Schoolcraft on 1 July 1905 in East Craftsbury, Vermont Ernest and Gertrude had five children: (1) Noma E. 'Goldie' DUNN; (2) Irma V. DUNN; (3) Elsie L. DUNN; (4) Erwin Leo DUNN; and (5) Lloyd Ernest DUNN, born 28 November 1913 in Craftsbury, VT Ernest died in May of 1967 and is buried in Albany, Vermont .(Source: Earl Dunn 11 Dec 1997, e-mail tom dunn/Peggy Auger) years ago ...Richard Dunn married Cora Church on 6 March 1890 in Newport, Vermont. They were divorced, Cora remarried and her second husband died and she remarried Richard. Richard was a son of ThomaslEsther Shippee Dunn; grandson of Thomas # 1 Du.nn!Mary Higgins Ronald Dunn, Richard's great grandson has a picture of them and done alot of family research. A good many of his descendants reside around Keene, N.H. 108
84 years ago •••George B Dunn married Agnes Ainsboro on 9 March 1914. George was a son of Frank/Elva Young Dunn, born 21 Jun 1892, grandson of ThomaslLindy Lathe Dunn. Agnes was a daughter of William/Mary Riley Ainsboro, both of whom were born in Ireland.Agnes was born 109 years ago, 12 March 1889. George worked as a rural mail carrier, dying at age 54, married 32 years .. 81years ago ••.Marjorie Dunn married Maynard Watson, at the Congregational Church in N. Troy, Vermont on 24 March 1917.. Marjorie was the third born to AndrewlEtta Sweet. She later divorced Maynard and married George Gendron. We have few details of Marjorie and unsure if she had children. Richard Dunn thinks she may have had a daughter named Alice. 57 years ago ..•Melvin Hudson and Verla Berry were married on 29 March 1941. Melvin was a son of Mattie Dunn Hudson/Alfred Hudson, grandson of Adam/Chloe Coolbeth Dunn, great grandson of James/Ellen Croake Dunn! Melvin was Town Repres~~~~iy~Jr~Il1_~eelock in 1955 and 1957 Been married for 50 years and still in love with the same WO'llan. If my wife finds out she'll kill me.
locallumps In the Chronicle, February 18, 1998: IN THE NEW ENGLAND GOLDEN GLOVES TOURNAMENT by Gary Stevens: Danny Powers and Jason Colburn of the Newport Boxing Club competed in the New England Golden Gloves tournament in Lowell, Mass on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17 and 18. .At 156 pounds, Colburn earned his trip to the New Endlands in a roundabout fashion. He won his state quarter and semifinal bouts with knockouts of 30 and 52 seconds. In the finals, however; he lost a controversial three-round decision to Stephane Monast of Tri-Town (Canada). Colburn also lost to Monast in last year's Golden Gloves final. It so happened that the trainers for a Lowell, Mass boxing club were present at the Vermont Golden Gloves, and when Colburn lost they invited him to represent them, at 165 pounds, in the New Englands. The New England champions will travel Cleveland, Ohio, for the Nationals on May 3
Newport Boxing Club manager Brian Colburn extends his thanks to John Wood for the use of the ring, and to the Newport National Guard for use of the Armory. Note: Jason IS the youngest son of Brian/Cynthia Colburn, grandson of Roy Colburn/Marie Benoit Wilcox, great grandson of Carmi/Lena Dunn Benoit) KE~~t:TH Dr~~ 1910-1998 The Times Argus, dtd 9 :..1arch 1998. publIshed the following Obituary of Kenneth Dunn KE\!NETH DUNN, (Stowe)--Kenneth Dunn, 87, dIed \1arch 8. 1998, in Genesis Elder Care III Mornsville. He was born in Craftsbury on Sept. 25, 1910, the son of Frank and Elva (Young) Dunn. He was a 1928 graduate of Craftsbury Academy. On April 14, 1985, he married Marjorie Page in Moscow. She died May 21, 1991. He was a farmer in East Craftsbury for many years and recently employed in maintenance at the Mount Mansfield Ski Area page 4
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in Stowe. He enjoyed vegetable gardening and flower gardening. Survivors include a niece, Ellen Beaudoin, and a nephew, Francis Dunn, both of South Burlington. A brother, George Dunn, is deceased. A graveside service will be held in Riverbank Cemetery in Stowe at a later date. There are no call1ing hours. Perkins-Parker Funeral Home of Waterbury is in charge of arrangements. (Source: Times Argus, 9 Mar 1998, tom dunn has a copy of the obituary) Source: (Conversation with Ellen Margaret Dunn Beaudoin 19 Oct 1997) She explains her father George had a brother Kenneth some 18 years younger. Kenneth is living in a nursing home in Morrisville on this date. Marriage certificate lists him as a farmer, age 29, and his first marriage was to Amy. (Vt Vital records,tom dunn 11/97) (Source: conversation with Bill Hill, Jr.,3 Jan 1998) Bill reports that Kenneth Dunn was married to his fathers sister, Amy Hill. During the 1940s' Kenneth worked for Miss Jean Simpson, a very wealthy lady who had an estate in Craftsbury, Vermont. During the late '40s/early '50s Kenneth worked for William Hill at Hills Feedstore in Hardwick and he and Amy lived in an apartment over the feedstore. They later moved to Stowe, Vermont where Amy died about 1984. They had no children.(e-mail to Peggy 3Jan1998)
lJoceable In the New York Times, Sunday Edition, 29 October 1995, Financial Section, there is an article written by Anna D. Wilde headlined: NINTENDO? BOGUS. BUT INVESTING? BONUS! Jared Decoteau takes his investing seriously. He has called the Charles Schwab toll-free number so often for stock prices that some of the operators greet him by name. He reads Barron's, Forbes, Worth and Money and has spent hours daily hunched over computer screens glowing with company data. But he had to cut back, hobbled by a demanding new day job: ninth grade. "High school started this year," the 14 year old says,"so I've been doing
a lot of high school." Jared, whose diverse portfolio is worth about "two and a half years" at an Ivy League school, which now costs roughly $60,000, is one of a growing group of precocious investors who are playing the market at an age when most of their peers are more interested in playing Nintendo. According to a survey by Teenage Research Unlimited, about 17 percentt of youths aged 12 through 19 say they own stocks or bonds. and are seeing more youngsters who want to invest. (The article goes on to develop the story of youthful investors ). There is a picture of Jared with the caption: A ninth grader, Jared Decoteau has a portfolio worth about $60,000. He spends alot of time on the telephone--with Charles Schwab. Jared has also appeared on the Ophra Winfrey Show (27 Dec 1995) and Current Affairs (1 Jan, 7 Jan 1996) talking about his incredible success!!
eblCOR.lal We are celebrating our 150th anniveresary of the arrival of our lone ancestor, James Dunn, In America. Our annual Dunn/Whipple ReUnIon IS to be held 15 August 1998 at Lawrence and Audrey Dunn's home in Charlton, Mass. The promises to be a very special occasion. Several of us are working quite steadily to provide all the resources we can gamer that will enhance our knowledge of the Dunn Family History and make this particular reunion one you might not forget. Peggy Decoteau Auger is working deligently on researching the Whipple side of the family ...Earl Dunn anticipates being there to provide insights regarding the Family Bible,look forward to meeting Ronald Dunn and Jane Marie Dunn and discover the Thomas Dunn ancestry. We will have available up-dated versions of the Dunn r'amJly History , a 250 page manuscript available for a small fee ..hopefully Rosalie Wolfe can come from Alabama and share her Adam Dunn research. Mark your calenders!! page 5
March 1998 Anniversaries - 1 of 2 Saturday
1 (Unknown day) LaBlanch FILES and
Denise MADELLE and Gail DUNN-
Dorothy M. JENNESS and Samuel R.
Marjorie DUNN and Maynard 1. WATSON - 81
Verla R. BERRY and Melvin D. HUDSON - 57
We now have 1187 individuals identified in OUI Fmmh History. It becomes impossible to continue our usual jarilla! I trust you will [md this helpful. tom dunn
998 Ann;versar;e~~' - 1 of 1
6 7 Cora A. CHURCII jllld Richard DUNN
AudreyV. MOSHER and Lawrence D.
Agnes AINSBORO and George B.
We now have 1I87 individuals identified In OUT Family History. It becomes impossible to continue our usual format I trust you will find this helpful. tom dunn