William F Dunn

1863 - 1928


William F Dunn

1863 - 1928
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William F Dunn


Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


June 2, 2011


June 1, 2011

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William Fielding Dunn by Val Dalton Dunn

Contributor: GraveScavenger Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Thanks for asking about William F. Dunn, Mark. He is our Gramp's Grandfather. I feel much the same, I don't know much about him. So I have decided to find out more. Based on (1) what I have found, (2) seen in the two pictures I have of him (3) what Mom told me as well as (4) what was not said about him I would conclude the following: William Fielding Dunn was the second son of James and Hannah Fielding Dunn, born in American Fork July 21, 1863. No doubt he was named for his grandfather William Gallimore Dunn who was also living in American Fork. (James & Hannah seem to have started the family tradition of giving the mother's maiden name as a middle name to their sons.) His parents were young (22 & 18) and moved to Provo in 1866 based on the birthplaces of his siblings. They are listed in the 1870 census in Provo when he was 7. William Fielding Dunn married Harriet (Hattie) Emily Wilkins on April 5 1883 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake. This implies a faithfulness to their religion. Both the Dunn and Wilkins families were prosperous and well respected in Provo by the 1880's. James Dunn held political office and was a businessman as well as being an adminstrator of the State Hospital. Alexander Wilkins was in the Bishopric of the Second Ward for years. William looks quite dashing in a photo about this time. At the time of their marriage, William was almost 20 and Hattie not yet 19. They had six children together in 15 years. Children were born in Provo (Eva in 1884, Florence in 1888, Bill in 1891), Wanship (El in 1894), Park City (Ralph in 1897) and Provo (Ken in 1900). In 1900, at age 36 William and his family of eight were living in Park City. Apparently, William worked for the Park City Mines and drove a team of horses. One of the sets of bells worn by his son William Alexander (Bill) Dunn as part of his Santa Claus outfit reportedly came from those days. You can imagine the "Jingle Bells" on a team of hoses pulling a sled or a wagon. In 1910, the family was back to Provo with four sons and a daughter. He is listed as a farmer. It was a family tragedy when their beautiful 18 year old daughter Alice Eva died in 1902. Cause of death is listed as an abscess. She had been working as a clerk. In 1920, there is a picture of William in front of a stack of hay in overalls with a large mustache. He looks thin and comfortable as a farmer. By then he was 56, living in Provo and all the children had moved out except Frank Kenneth (Ken). Some time in the 1920's they moved to Salt Lake. Hattie died in January 1926 leaving William a 63 year old widower. After that he moved to 1360 Princeton Ave in Salt Lake. That was where his son Bill and Hazel were living in a beautiful home. Bill was doing well financially as Secretary of Park City Mining Company. That home was lost in the Great Depression and Dad (Dale E.) always wanted to get the flagpole from the front yard because it was a historical flagpole taken from the old Pioneer Theater. The theater was demolished in 1928. Another property lost in the Depression was the cabin at Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. It is a beautiful cool getaway in the summer. Dad said that his Grandpa William was a great fisherman and he loved fishing off the back deck of the cabin. I have looked at property records and the cabin was initially in the name of William F. Dunn. During the terrible years after the crash it was sold by the County for non-payment of taxes at what they called a Tax Sale. The family had transferred title between people, probably in hopes of keeping it in the family before it was finally lost. I have been blessed to get property and now live in Vivian Park. I feel like I am honoring their memory. Another tragedy in the family was the death of Frank Kenneth Dunn in September, 1928 in a mining accident. Bill always felt guilty for his death because he had gotten him the job. With the death of his wife and two of his children, William may have been suffering significant sadness the last three months of his life. William Fielding Dunn died at age 65 of lobar pneumonia December 4, 1928 at LDS Hospital. He was working as Night Watchman for the Keeley Ice Cream Company. Florence Dunn Robbins (daughter) and her husband ran the Keeley Ice Cream business. Mom (Delma Dalton Dunn) says it was a nice restaurant. I remember Dad taking me there when I was young. I remember they had a big machine for pulling salt water taffy. There is pocket watch in the china cabinet in my parents home. The cabinet belonged to Bill & Hazel and is full of memorabilia. The watch belonged to William F. and there is a picture glued to the inside. I am pretty sure it is Hattie. From what I have heard, William's wife Hattie had a large personality and became a large woman as she bore children and aged. She is the one credited with the sense of humor and the family jokes handed down for generations. She was the one who wrestled with Gramps (Bill) when he was training for matches in college. Dad loved his grandmother (Hattie) and said she was his protector. If anyone in the neighborhood gave him trouble, he would threaten them that his grandmother would get them. I have the feeling that William was more of the quiet, humble famer/ horseman personality and not one for the limelight. He was missing from the big family photograph taken for the Wilkins family gathering in 1897. I imagine William & Hattie looking like Jack Spratt and his wife. Dad (Dale Ellertson Dunn) told the story of them sitting on either side of a spring bed cot and when she sat on the edge it tipped the whole thing over with him flying up on the other side. William Fielding Dunn was buried in the Provo Cemetery where my wife Laura and I plan to be laid to rest.

Dunn Family Quiz

Contributor: GraveScavenger Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

1) Where did our Dunn family name come from? In other words, if you follow the line of our ancestors named Dunn, where did they live? A) I really don't know B) Somewhere in the UK (United Kingdom of England, Scotland and Ireland) C) England, specifically Staffordshire, England. 2) How many great-grandparents do you have? A) I have no idea. B) Eight, but I don't know all their names. c) Eight and I know their names and something about them. 3) How many great-grandparents does Dale (or Billly E.) Dunn have? A) I have no idea. B) Eight, but I don't know all their names. c) Eight and I know their names and something about them. 4) How many of those 8 great-grandparents were Mormon pioneers? In order to qualify as a Mormon Pioneer you have to be Born outside Utah, Be a Mormon, and Travel to live in Utah before the railroad was completed. A) I have no idea. B) Eight, but I'm just guessing. c) Eight and I know their names and something about them. 5) What two countries outside the US do our Dunn ancestors come from? In other words, where were the parents of the eight Mormon Pioneer great-grandparents born besides the United States? A) I really don't know and have not been paying attention. B) England and somewhere else. C) Denmark and England 6) William Alexander (Bill) Dunn had a special connection with the month of December. What was it? A) He loved Christmas B) He was not born in December. C) He dressed up as Santa Claus and brought joy to hundreds of children every year. 7) Hazel May Ellertson Dunn loved to get together with her sisters and share what talent? A) Hawaiian Dancing B) Playing piano C) Singing 8) Bill Dunn's parents were like Jack Spratt and his wife. William Fielding Dunn was a quiet, thin farmer and Harriet (Hattie) Wilkins was a jolly plump energetic woman. Bill was on the wrestling team at Brigham Young Academy before it became BYU. He says he and some of his wrestling mates liked to practice wrestling with whom? A) One of his parents B) His mother C) His mother and none of them could ever "pin" her. 9) Hazels father Ephraim Ellertson was a successful sheep herder and lived to be 92 years old and sang to people on his death bed. He served a mission when he was a young married man. Where did he go? A) Some Island B) New Zealand C) New Zealand and he brought back some shells 10) Hazel's mother Lona was the daughter of the infamous pioneer Rodney DeGrass Swasey but was well known for what? A) Being a faithful Latter-Day Saint who supported her husband as he served his mission. There were seven children to care for. B) Being a very compassionate woman, serving as Relief Society President. C) Writing her testimony and sealing it with others in the cornerstone of the church. 11) James Dunn was a successful businessman responded when Brigham Young asked him to do what? A) Serve a mission B) Go rescue to rescue the pioneers who were stranded in the snow in Wyoming even thought he was only 15 years old and very small C) Run the Provo Woolen Mills for the church. He later was the Superintendant of the Provo State Hospital. 12) Hannah Fielding was James Dunn's wife. What does she share in common with Mary Fielding? A) They obviously had the same last name. B) They both were born in England and crossed the plains with the pioneers. C) They were both Mormon Pioneers born in England but Hannah did not marry Hyrum Smith. 13) Alexander Wilkins was in the Bishopric conducting the meeting when his grandson was to be blessed. The mother (his daughter) had chosen the name Leland. Alex said "I would like to bless my Grandson." and promptly named him William Alexander Dunn after himself and the boys father. A) Did he say "Burn and be damned" or was it his father? B) While crossing the plains he shot himself in the leg and only survived by the miracle of a blessing by Father Morley. C) His funeral packed the house in the Provo Tabernacle and the Apostle Reed Smoot spoke. 14) Alice Malina Barney Wilkins was Alex wife and quite a character herself. There is a book published by the Provo Pioneer Museum. What is it? A) Tough Ole Birds in their twilight years B) The testifiers of the Prophet Joseph Smith C) It includes the biography of 11 women including Malena. 15 ) Ephraim Ellertson's parents were pioneers.and what else? A) Neither was born with the name Ellertson. B) They came from Denmark and settled in Mona, Utah C) Her name was Christina Lund. Johan Eilertsen changed his name to John Ellertson. 16) Rodney Swasey went to California and came back to Utah quite wealthy. How did he get his money? A) Nobody seems to know the details but he did sell horses to the government. Some people think he might not have come by them honestly. B) He owned a bank even thought he could hardly read and write. C) He built a mansion where the entire town would come for parties and dances. 17) Martha York Carter Swasey was Rodney's wife. Which of the following are true? A) Her father was the first man to carry the Book of Mormon around the world. B) Her father was William Furlsbury Carter. C) Her father went on a mission to India.

Life timeline of William F Dunn

William F Dunn was born in 1863
William F Dunn was 16 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
William F Dunn was 20 years old when Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people. Krakatoa, or Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption.
William F Dunn was 35 years old when Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict. The Spanish–American War was fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.
William F Dunn was 40 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
William F Dunn was 54 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
William F Dunn died in 1928 at the age of 65
Grave record for William F Dunn (1863 - 1928), BillionGraves Record 7683 Provo, Utah, Utah, United States