Thomas J. Dunn, a dealer in general merchandise and one of Kewanee's substantial citizens, was born in Boone county, Indiana, May 19, 1872. His father, Josephus Dunn, was born in Kentucky in October, 1828. About the close of the Civil war he removed with his family to Boone county, Indiana, and took up a farm of two hundred acres, which he cultivated until 1879. In that year he went to Kansas, where he acquired a homestead and engaged in agriculture for a number of years. He died there on the ist day of January, 1906, at the age of seventy-eight years. The mother of our subject, Katherine (Earskin) Dunn, was also a Kentuckian and was forty-five years of age at the time of her death, which sad event occurred October 5, 1888.

Thomas J. Dunn attended the public schools of Kansas and Hesper Academy in Douglas county, that state, finishing his education with a normal course at Geneseo, Henry county, Illinois. Thus becoming familiar with the science of pedagogy, he spent the ten ensuing years of his life as a school master in the district schools of Henry county. Deciding upon a change of occupation, he came to Kewanee and for a year and a half was employed as clerk in the grocery of Mr. Nobiling. Upon leaving there he entered the dry-goods house of J. R. & J. G. Hoffman, where he took charge of the carpet department. Seven years later he severed his connection with the Hoffmans and with John M. Pettitt opened a general store at the corner of Fifth and Tremont streets. Here they have built up a thriving trade and established themselves among the leading firms of the city. Their stock consists of dry goods, groceries, shoes, and some house fur­ nishing goods.

On October 30, 1901, Mr. Dunn was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Ibson, a daughter of Christopher Ibson, a farmer residing near Kewanee. Their home is pleasantly situated at 215 McKinley avenue.

In national politics Mr. Dunn gives an unfaltering devotion to the republican party, but in local politics he believes that the wiser course lies in non-partizanship. He is a member of the Fairview United Brethren church, a littlei north of Kewanee, but on account of the inconvenience of its situation, regularly at­ tends the Baptist church in Kewanee. Of unquestioned integrity and known to have the best interests of the whole people constantly at heart he stands high among his associates.


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