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Bradford Republican
Bradford, Stark County, Illinois


Despondent because of ill health, Mrs. David E. DUNN, aged 26 years, committed suicide Thursday morning by hanging herself with a clothes line in a corn crib on the DUNN farm southwest of the village of Osceola. Mr. DUNN was working at the upper farm that morning and he discovered the lifeless body of his wife after his return home about noon.

Dr. ROBERTS of Kewanee was summoned and after examining the body gave it as his opinion that the unfortunate woman had been dead for nearly two hours.

Mrs. DUNN was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. JACKSON of Creston, Iowa, and was said to have been in poor health for some time. She and Mr. DUNN were married in January 1927.

With James E. ARMSTRONG acting as foreman, a coroner's jury was impaneled at the DUNN home Thursday evening, the other jurors being Roy YONCE, Lewis W. BEAM, Elmer FORD, John PIGG and George W. TURNBULL. In the absence of R. J. TEETER, Stark County coroner, Justice William A. LAMBERT of Toulon was summoned.

David E. DUNN, aged 36 years, husband of the deceased, was the first witness called. He testified that he was at the upper farm Thursday morning and that he discovered his wife hanging in the corn crib about noon after he returned home. He stated that he lowered his wife's body and then went to the home of his brother who called Dr. ROBERTS, of Kewanee. His brothers, Frank and Haney, returned with him. He said that he and his wife had had no quarrel and that she had never hinted suicide. He stated, however, that she had been in poor health and was of an extremely nervous temperament.

Dr. ROBERTS of Kewanee said that he was called to the DUNN home about 12:20 p.m. by Frank DUNN, brother-in-law of the deceased. When he arrived the body was on a couch with the feet resting on a chair. An examination showed marks of the rope under her ears and around her neck but no marks of violence were found elsewhere on her body. Her clothing was undisturbed. The physician said that the body had probably been dead for two hours.

Frank DUNN, brother-in-law of the deceased, testified to practically the same facts as did the husband. He said that he and his brother, Haney DUNN, who was visiting him, returned to the home of their brother. He could give no reason for the act.

Haney DUNN, the other brother, said that Mrs. DUNN had been a patient at the Kewanee Public hospital during the summer and that she was very nervous. He said that he and his wife had seen Mrs. DUNN about 10 o'clock that morning. He had been helping his brother for a few days and he and his wife decided to go home, telling Mrs. DUNN not to prepare dinner for them. They left for the upper farm about 10 o'clock, David DUNN accompanying them. Mrs. Lottie D. DUNN, wife of Haney DUNN, said that Mrs. DUNN had been in apparently good health that morning but was extremely nervous. She said that she had never heard her hint at suicide but had heard her complain that she became very lonesome.

The jury's verdict was to the effect that Mrs. DUNN came to her death by hanging herself with a rope, the act being caused by despondency through poor health and being committed between the hours of 10 and 11 o'clock a.m. Thursday, October 20.

The body of Mrs. David DUNN, of near Osceola, was found hanging from the rafters in the corn crib Thursday when her husband returned home. Mr. DUNN had been at the funeral of a neighbor that morning. The body was taken down by the husband, and assistance rendered by relatives who had been called and a physician, but their efforts proved of no avail. Mrs. DUNN was dead when cut down. The death of Mrs. DUNN cast a deep shadow of sorrow over the neighborhood, where she was well known and highly esteemed.

A coroner's jury was impaneled during the day, and a verdict of suicide by hanging, caused by nervousness and despondency, brought in.

Claris Zelda Loren JACKSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. JACKSON and wife of David E. DUNN, was born at Kellerton, Ia., Jan. 25, 1900. She remained at home during the early years of her life, attended the Kellerton schools, later making her home at her sisters, Mrs. Lev SHAFFER, at Des Moines, Ia. She also made her home with Mrs. Elizabeth JACKSON of Kewanee for several years.

On Jan. 31, 1927, she was united in marriage with David E. DUNN at Burlington, Ia.

Those left to mourn her passing are the husband, her father and mother, a sister, Mrs. Veda SHAFFER, two brothers, Merwyn and Millard of Kellerton, Ia. A brother, Cecil JACKSON, preceded her in death nearly five years ago. There are also several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Mrs. DUNN became a member of the Kellerton Christian church in 1917, of which church she retained membership until the time of her death.

Funeral services for Mrs. David DUNN were held at the Community house at Osceola Grove Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. C. H. BECKER of Elmira in charge, assisted by the Rev. H.L. ALLEY of the Osceola Baptist church and the Rev. C. L. SHULT of the Neponset M.E. church. Interment was in the Osceola Grove cemetery.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

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