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Ray H. Dunlap


Hazel Green Twp.


     Among the energetic and able farmers of Hazel Green township is numbered Ray H. Dunlap, who operates three hundred acres of fertile land situated on section 11. He is still a young man but has already demonstrated his capability and industry and his friends predict for him unusual success in his chosen occupation.
     He was born in Hazel Green township on the 12th of November, 1888, a son of Thomas Bruce and Ermina (Phillips) Dunlap. The father was born in Londonderry, Ireland, October 10, 1840, and when a lad of eight years was brought to this country. He lived for several years in Ohio but in 1854 made his way west to Iowa. In April, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Twenty first Iowa Volunteers, and shortly afterward was mustered into the Union service. He participated in many important engagements, taking part in the battles of Hartville, Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Black River Bridge, the siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Spanish Fort and Fort Blakeley, assisting in the capture of Mobile. On the 15th of July, 1865, he was honorably discharged and returned to the life of a civilian.
     On the 15th of October, 1867, he was united in marriage with Miss Rose Spear, by whom he had four children: Ellsworth; Myra; Robert, deceased; and Elizabeth, who has also passed away. On the 24th of November, 1881, he was again married, Miss Ermina Phillips, a daughter of James Phillips, becoming his wife. Four children were born to this union, namely: Herman, a resident of Hazel Green township; Vivian; Jessie; and Ray H., of this review. The father was an extensive land owner, holding title to seven hundred and fifty two acres of land at the time of his death, which occurred March 23, 1914. He was laid to rest in the Golden cemetery.
      Ray H. Dunlap first attended district school and later the high school at Hopkinton, from which he graduated. He continued his formal schooling in Lenox College of Hopkinton, being a student in that institution for three years. When it was necessary for him to choose a life work he decided to follow farming as he had found the work congenial, and he is now successfully operating three hundred acres of fine land on section 11, Hazel Green township. He believes in utilizing the results of scientific experimentation and is up to date and progressive in his methods and also employs the latest implements in the work of the farm. He is not only energetic and efficient in the cultivation of his crops, but also displays excellent judgment in the management of the business phase of agriculture, and as the result of the judicious direction of his affairs he is steadily adding to his capital. He supports the men and measures of the republican party and manifests a commendable interest in all public affairs. His entire life has been spent in Hazel Green township and those who have known him from childhood are his truest friends, as their long acquaintance with him has but served to make them more appreciative of his many excellent traits of character.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 389-390.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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