R. H. DUNN.
Business interests of Williamsburg find an able representative in R. H. Dunn, who sells flour, feed and produce.
He was born in Muscatine county, this state, on the 8th of March, 1853, and is a son of John H. and Anna M. (Shea)
Dunn. The father was born in New Hampshire and the mother was a native of Ohio but in the late '40s both came to
this state. Mr. Dunn was a brickmason and followed his trade for many years. At the time of the Civil war he enlisted
in the Union army and died at the front. His widow survived until 1871, passing away in Kansas.
R. H. Dunn received a common school education but when seventeen years of age left home and went to Kansas, where
he worked at the carpenter's trade until 1873. In that year he removed to Chicago and followed his trade there
for one year, after which he came to this county and did carpentering for four years. Subsequently he became a
resident of Leadville, Colorado, and there conducted a general store for six years. Upon leaving that state he
went to Des Moines, Iowa, and for two years engaged in merchandising there. He then sold out and took up his residence
in Holbrook, Iowa, where for fourteen years he was a merchant. At the end of that time he disposed of his interests
there and came to Williamsburg, being in partnership with Joseph Kelley in the general mercantile business for
twelve years. Subsequently Mr. Dunn sold his interest and embarked in the flour, feed and produce business, in
which he has since continued, enjoying a large trade and deriving a good income from his enterprise.
In 1885 Mr. Dunn married Miss Margaret Kelley, of Muscatine, Iowa, a daughter of John and Honora Kelley, who were
natives of Ireland and emigated to America many years ago. Both have passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn had four children:
Honora, the wife of O. E. Jones, of Williamsburg; Anna M, who married Russell Smith, who is engaged in the brick
and tile business in North English; Katherine, the wife of Burt Kile, a shoe merchant of Williamsburg; and Mary,
a student in the high school. On the 22d of October, 1910, Mrs. Dunn was called to her reward and her remains were
interred in the Catholic cemetery at Williamsburg. She was a devout communicant of the Catholic church, as is her
Mr. Dunn is a republican and has served his district as school director. He owns the building in which his store
is located and also his residence in Williamsburg and is recognized as a successful business man. Many of his fellow
citizens are his loyal friends.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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