W. H. DUNN.
Looking for the Dunn who was a cattleman...
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name age sex color Place/birth Where from
Wm. Dunn 42 m w Indiana Indiana
Sarah C. Dunn 37 f w Indiana Indiana
Ephraim? Dunn 14 m w Indiana Indiana
Lucinda Dunn 12 f w Indiana Indiana
Chas. D. Dunn 9 m w Indiana Indiana
Wm. T. Dunn 7 m w Indiana Indiana
John Dunn 6 m w Indiana Indiana
George Dunn 1 m w Kansas
Wm. H. Dunn, 40; spouse, Sarah C., 33.
Wm. Dunn, 42; spouse, Sarah C., 34.
W. H. Dunn, 44; spouse, S. C., 38.
WALNUT TOWNSHIP 1881:
W. H. Dunn, 48; spouse, Sarah, 38.
WALNUT TOWNSHIP 1882:
W. H. Dunn, 50; spouse, Sarah E., 44.
WINFIELD DIRECTORY 1885:
Dunn W H, stock driller, res 517 Maris
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Unknown if any of the following are W. H. Dunn, cattleman.
Dunn [no first name or initials given]...
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.
While fires are raging all over the country and destroying lives by the hundreds and property by the millions, it is not strange that we are called upon to chronicle some of the fire demon’s work in our county. Last Saturday the country between the Walnut and Arkansas rivers was burned over; the loss of property was great, in many instances, the hard working farmer losing all he had except the clothes he wore, and himself and family barely escaping with their lives. We give below a list of these losses so far as we have been able to learn them.
Mr. Spangler lost 60 tons of hay, Mr. Brown 20 tons, Mr. Meeks 90 tons, J. S. Wooley a stable and 10 tons, Mr. Road five tons and a stable valued at $300, H. Hickman lost his house, S. Pennington 6 tons of hay, Mr. Hunt lost a house and 10 tons of hay, Walker lost house, hay, and fencing, Gleason 6 tons of hay, Paul 10 tons, Dunn 20 tons and stable, Dr. Headrick 20 tons, Copple lost house, clothing, and money—all he had; Sargent lost house and clothing. a great many others suffered losses but we have been unable to learn their names and the amount of damages they sustained. This fire is said to have started from a steam saw mill on the Arkansas; the wind was blowing very hard and although most of the farmers had either burned or plowed around their farms as protection against fire, the wind was so high that the flames swept through the tall, dry grass at a fearful rate, and the narrow strips of breaking and ground which had been burned over were no bar to them.
Fires are now burning in every direction and we have no doubt but that the losses given above are a small part of those sustained.
Winfield Messenger, July 12, 1872.
Board of County Commissioners met in Co. Clerk’s office in Winfield July 1st, 1872. Present: Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer. The following bills were acted upon.
Bill of W. Dunn and others, road viewers: $15.00.
[REPORT FROM “D. KUHN” - UPPER DUTCH.]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 22, 1873.
We are located about 16 miles northeast from Winfield, on the upper part of Big Dutch. Most all the land is claimed. There are a few quite good quarter sections in this vicinity that are not settled upon. Our soil is good; and in fact there is little of any other kind in Cowley County. We have excellent water both in our springs and wells; and an abundance of stock water in our many streams. The health is good. Plenty of rain for the last few days.
Some of our farmers, who are keeping a few head of cattle, complain of the unjustness of the herd law.
Mr. Dunn came here last July and bought a claim on the creek. He came from Jackson County, Kansas. He will soon have the wild prairie turned into a productive farm. He is accustomed to frontier life and knows how to succeed.
FIRST MENTION OF W. H. DUNN.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
There will be a meeting of the stockholders of the Winfield Cemetery Association on Wednesday, March 31, 1875, at W. H. H. Maris’ store. All persons owning a lot in the Winfield Cemetery are stockholders, and entitled to vote at the meeting. A full attendance is requested. The following is a list of the said stockholders.
JOHN B. FAIRBANK, Secretary.
On the list: W. H. Dunn.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876. Editorial Page.
The committee on credentials reported the following as delegates.
Winfield: J. W. McDonald, J. B. Lynn, J. D. Cochran, J. W. Curns, N. W. Holmes, C. C. Black, A. J. Thompson, Wm. Dunn, T. B. Ross, G. W. Yount.
W. Dunn. Unknown if this was W. H. Dunn...
Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.
THE GREAT STORM.
Unprecedented Fall of Rain.
High Water — Great Damages.
Winfield and vicinity was visited yesterday morning by one of the greatest storms ever known to this vicinity. It commenced raining about fifteen minutes after 12 o’clock a.m., and continued until about 4 o’clock—nearly four hours. The amount of water which fell during that time is unprecedented. Every vessel standing right side up out of doors which was not more than two feet deep filled with water. Several barrels standing alone received a depth of over 24 inches of water each. The total fall of water could not have been less than 25 inches. The wind blew very strongly from several different directions during the storm. Four small houses in this city were moved from their foundations and turned partly around, and many outbuildings were blown down. The rain seemed to come down in sheets, and the whole county around seemed one vast sheet of water.
Lightning struck the house of J. E. Allen, in the south part of town, splitting open his chimney and stove pipe and stunning his wife. It also struck another house in the north part of town, doing very little damage. The rain was forced through roofs and every crack and cranny of the buildings; and there is scarcely a house in town in which the contents escaped all damage from wet. Many cellars received considerable water. In that of Lynn & Gillelen, stored with merchandise, the damage will be at least $100. Baird Bros. suffered from water and kerosene damage in their cellar of at least $800. Others are damaged lightly.
As we write, 10 o’clock a.m., Wednesday, the whole bottom north of town on both sides of Timber Creek is one vast lake extending into the city limits. This sheet of water is the overflow of Timber Creek.
An immense quantity of wheat sheaves are floating down the Walnut River, having been swept out of the Timber Creek Valley. Many farmers have lost their entire crop. J. F. Graham not only lost his wheat, but thinks 24 hogs have gone down the river. It is probable that much other damage is done in this valley; but we are now unable to learn the extent.
The water in Timber Creek is slowly subsiding; but in the Walnut it is still rising. At Bliss’s mill it is up to within 16 inches of the bridge and as high as ever known before. The rise at this point is already 28 feet. Bliss had a large quantity of flour in sacks in his mill, and the hands set to work moving it into the upper story; but the rise was so rapid that about 10,000 pounds of flour was caught on the main floor, and is of course a loss.
We just learn that the rise of Beaver Creek, in Beaver Township, surrounded the house of David W. Frew, who carried his wife to dry land; and while returning for his two children, the house was carried away with the children, who are probably drowned. Dr. Holland’s house is surrounded by water up to the windows; but at this writing, no one had reached the house.
It is impossible at present to learn the extent of the storm and of the damage. It is evident that both are immense.
In town a new stable was blown down; Terrill lost a lot of valuable pictures, the churches were damaged to some extent, a large lot of plastering fell and enveloped one of our druggists, Mr. Giles; many trees were broken down and much fruit shaken off.
Black Crook, two miles east of town, rose 20 feet, carrying off a stone wall and Dunn’s crop of wheat.
LATER. The water is subsiding in the Walnut.
The Great Storm.
Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.
On Black Crook: W. Dunn lost 60 acres of wheat; Joe Mack 20; others lost a considerable.
Dunn & Co. Unknown if this was W. H. Dunn...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 26, 1880.
CATTLE IN THE TERRITORY.
The Caldwell Post states that there are 40,000 head of cattle west of the Chisholm trail in the Indian Territory. The following herds, held east of the trail, south and west of Arkansas City, will swell the number to 60,000.
Dunn & Co., on Deer creek: 700
W. H. DUNN ATTENDED STOCKMEN’S MEETING.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1882.
ARKANSAS CITY, Dec. 18th, 1882.
Pursuant to notice published, calling a stockmen’s meeting at the Central Avenue, on Monday last, about thirty stockmen responded, and the meeting was called to order at 1 o’clock p.m. Mr. Hodges was called to the chair, and O. O. Clendenning was appointed Secretary. The Chairman then read an article from a Cherokee paper, stating what the Cherokee Council had done to prevent Eastern Companies from fencing, and thus depriving the stockmen of the several ranges for which they had paid and held license to in the Indian Territory.
Mr. J. E. Snow, Attorney of Winfield, then read a series of resolutions prepared by himself and W. P. Hackney, the acting attorneys for the stockmen. The resolutions are too lengthy to be inserted here, but the sum and substance was that the stockmen there assembled pledged themselves to abide by and aid each other to the utmost extremity in resisting the action of the fencing monopolies which are attempting to illegally force them from their ranges.
The resolutions were adopted and signed; and the following gentlemen, Messrs. F. M. Stewart, D. Warren, and W. H. Dunn, were appointed a committee to act in the premises and decide as to the action necessary to be taken to enforce the resolutions as adopted.
A motion was put and carried that the minutes of the meeting be published after which the meeting adjourned subject to a call of the committee.
W. H. Dunn...
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 8, 1883.
The third annual meeting of the Cherokee Strip Stockmen’s Association met in the Opera House on Tuesday, March 6, 1883, at 11 a.m., and was called to order by the president, Ben S. Miller.
On re-assembling at 2 p.m., the committee on credentials reported the following list of new members, which report was accepted.
D. R. Streeter, Northrup & Stephens, C. W. Blaine, F. M. Stewart, R. B. Clark, R. H. Campbell, W. J. Hodges, G. A. Thompson, S. A. Garth, W. H. Harrelston, W. M. Dunn, G. B. Mote, Crutchfield & Carpenter, Walworth, Walton & Rhodes, W. B. Lee, W. W. Wicks, J. A. Emmerson, John Myrtle, J. H. Hill, A. J. Snider, A. G. Evans, R. W. Phillips, E. W. Payne, Tomlin & Webb, H. W. Roberts, E. P. Fouts, W. W. Stephens, A. Mills, C. M. Scott, H. P. Standley, Lafe Merritt, J. N. Florer, D. W. Roberts, C. H. Dye, M. W. Brand, Drury Warren, W. P. Herring, S. T. Tuttle, E. W. Rannols, N. J. Thompson, W. H. Dunn, E. A. Hereford, J. Love, Johnsons & Hosmer, S. T. Mayor, D. A. Streeter, M. H. Snyder, S. P. Burress, C. C. Clark, J. C. Weathers, G. V. Collins, and H. H. Campbell.
Excerpt from lengthy article...William Dunn. Don’t know if this was W. H. Dunn.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
The Dead at Rest!
Sheriff Shenneman Buried Sunday Afternoon—Thousands Assisted in the Ceremonies.
During this time Sheriffs Thralls and Watt, with the prisoner, had traveled out the Badger Creek road to William Dunn’s, where they brought up at two o’clock. Here they tried to get a conveyance to go to Douglass, but could not. They then went on and soon found a team, in which Sheriff Watt took the prisoner again to Wichita by way of Douglass, where he now is, and will probably remain for some time. Sheriff Thralls returned to town and remained to the funeral.
Mr. Dunn. This could have been W. H. Dunn...
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
Mr. Dunn says his cattle came through the winter in good condition, on less feed than usual, notwithstanding severe cold. The ground being frozen, stock get all the feed given them, instead of tramping them in the mud. SPECTATOR.
Wm. Dunn. Unknown if this was W. H. Dunn...
Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.
Mr. Oll Pratt’s threshing machine engine blew up Tuesday afternoon, severely scalding Will Short, his engineer. He was threshing on Wm. Dunn’s place near town at the time. The explosion was due to the presence of lime in the boiler. Will Short was standing on the platform attending to the engine when the front bolts were blown out on him, scalding his body from the waist down in a terrible manner.
William H. Dunn...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.
CIVIL DOCKET. SEVENTH DAY.
A. H. Green vs. William H. Dunn.