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Delaware County, Iowa


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Mrs. Emily G. Dunlap


Hazel green Twp.


     Mrs. Emily G. Dunlap, since her husband's death, has ably carried on the farm in Hazel Green township which he purchased in 1904. She was born in Milo township, this county, June 29, 1871, a daughter of David G. and Emily J. (Box) Miller, both sturdy pioneers of Iowa. The father was born at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and was a son of Joseph and Alice L. Miller, representatives of colonial families. When but a boy David G. Miller removed to Davis, Illinois, and later to Earlville, Iowa, where he was united in marriage to Emily J. Box, a daughter of Daniel and Sybella Box, who were natives of England but in 1840 emigrated to this country.
    Emily G. Miller grew to womanhood in Milo township, beginning her education in the little white schoolhouse situated near the home farm and later attending school in Rowan, Iowa. On the 29th of February, 1888, she was united in marriage to Robert E. Dunlap, a son of James B. and Clara Dunlap, residents of Hopkinton, Iowa. They were of Scotch descent, the father being a native of the land of hills and heather, whence as a young man he emigrated to America. He was a prominent figure in the early history of this county and is yet remembered by many.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap began their married life upon a farm in Hazel Green township, but later Mr. Dunlap engaged in the livery business in Coggon. On the 18th of March, 1893, they left Iowa and removed to Hay Springs, Nebraska, where they lived for a number of years. That section was then a newly opened country and Indians were still very numerous, hunting parties of the red men often camping near Hay Springs. Two complete crop failures occurred during the panic of 1893 and 1894 and almost all of the settlers left that part of Nebraska, but the Dunlaps remained and were foresighted enough to purchase the land of those who left in discouragement. They bought one thousand acres in all and engaged in cattle and horse raising, which proved a lucrative occupation. In 1904, however, owing to the ill health of Mr. Dunlap, the ranch was sold and the family returned to Ryan, Iowa, purchasing a half section of land in Hazel Green township, this county. On the 24th of July, 1905, Mr. Dunlap passed away, leaving a widow and five children to mourn his loss.
     The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap are as follows: J. Ross, whose birth occurred at Coggon, Iowa, on the 19th of January, 1890; Dean D., born in Ryan, May 28, 1892; Dorothy C., born April 24, 1895; Helene L., born March 9, 1898; and Theodore L., born at Hay Springs, Nebraska, July 19, 1901. The children are attending high school and Lenox College at Hopkinton, as Mrs. Dunlap realized the value of an excellent education at the present time when competition is keen in all departments of life.
    Since the death of her husband she has given her home and children loving care, has successfully managed business affairs and has also found time for social duties, and this record of accomplishment proves her a woman of unusual energy and ability. Not only is she held in high respect by all who know her, but her friends value highly her friendship, as they appreciate her many gracious and womanly qualities of character.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 357-358.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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