DUNN, William E.
William E. Dunn, a well known and progressive farmer and stockman of White Oak township, is a native of Henry
County and was born in the township where he now resides. Mr. Dunn is a son of James A. and Jemima (Herrington)
Dunn, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Missouri, and both members of pioneer families of this State.
James A. Dunn was born in 1844 and came to Henry County with his parents when he was ten years old in 1854. He
was a son of Major Dunn, who settled in White Oak township and who was among the very first settlers of this section.
Major Dunn frequently recalled the fact that the day he first came to this vicinity a large band of Indians were on a deer
hunting expedition and they killed a deer about where the town of Hartwell now stands. Major Dunn was one of the
prominent pioneers of Henry County and was among the influential men of the early days. He died in 1869 and was
followed in death by his wife three years later in 1872. James A. Dunn, father of William E. Dunn, spent his early
boyhood days in Honey Creek township and during his lifetime acquired considerable land, owning about 700 acres.
When the Civil War broke out he was a man of deep southern sympathy and cast his lot with the cause of the
Confederacy. He joined General Price's army and among the first engagements in which he participated was the battle
of Lone Jack and continued his service in the Confederate army until the close of the war. He died in September, 1911,
his wife and the mother of the subject of this sketch having preceded him in death many years. She passed away in
1878. They were the parents of the following children: William E., the subject of this sketch; Georgia, died in childhood;
Nathan James, whose present whereabouts is known; Mrs. Eliza Maude Blevins, now deceased; and Mary Elizabeth,
now Mrs. Thomas Childers, Blairstown, Missouri. After the death of the mother James A. Dunn was married to Martha
Tarter, and the following children were born to this union: Mrs. Ida Jagerman, Garland, Missouri; Mrs. Stella Coe, who
resides in Oklahoma; Mrs. Tina Swart, Blairstown, Missouri; Grady, Ola, Temple, Mabel and John, all residing at home
with their mother. William E. Dunn received his education in the public schools of Henry County, attending school at the
Victor school house. At the age of twenty-two years he began farming for himself. In 1897 he purchased his present
place of 240 acres in White Oak township. Mr. Dunn has added to his original purchase from time to time until he now
owns a splendid farm of 440 acres, under a high state of cultivation. He ranks among the leading farmers and stock
raisers of Henry County, and is recognized as a leader. In addition to farming and stock raising he is one of the
extensive cattle feeders of this section of the country and his feed yards are usually occupied by about 100 head of
marketable cattle. The Dunn home presents an appearance of the thrift and progress of its owner and is one of the fine
and imposing appearing homes of Henry County. Mr. Dunn was united in marriage in 1893 with Miss Belle Walker of
Shawnee township, Henry County, a daughter of Washington Walker, a worthy pioneer of that section of Henry County,
who is now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have been born the following children: Florence, Opal and Edward. Mr.
Dunn is one of the leading farmers and stockmen of his section of Henry County and the Dunn family are prominent in
the community. In politics he is a Democrat and he and Mrs. Dunn are members of the Baptist Church.
Source: 1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co, pg: 646