|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1838|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 1924|
Dr. Densmore J. Bunce is one of the leading veterinary surgeons of the State, and his office was located at his Horse Infirmary at the corner of Sixth and Vine Streets (now 9th and K), Nevada, Iowa. The Doctor was born in Ogle County, Ill., December 22, 1838, and is a son of James A. L. and Esther (Lewis) Bunce, who were born in York State in 1796 and 1806, and died in Whiteside County, Ill., in April, 1860, and 1871, respectively.
The former was a blacksmith by occupation, and was a soldier in the War of 1812. Of a family of thirteen children born to him, the subject of this sketch was the tenth. Dr. Densmore J. spent his youth on a farm in Whiteside County, Ill., and there acquired a fair practical education in the common schools.
In 1856 he began the study of veterinary surgery and entered upon his practice in Whiteside County, and there continued until the month of April, 1860, when he came to Lyons, Iowa, and in 1879 to Nevada, where he has since held forth. He was very successful in all branches of his business, and guaranteed complete satisfaction or withdrew his charges, and has numerous calls in this and throughout adjoining States. In the fall of 1889 he invented Dr. Bunce's Veterinary Mouth Speculum, a patent on which was granted February 18, 1890. For the past sixteen years he has also been engaged in auctioneering at stock sales, and is considered one of the best in this section of the country.
He was a Prohibitionist in his political views, and in March, 1886, was converted to Christianity. He had formerly been a very Godless man and held in the greatest contempt all those who professed Christianity, but since that time he has been one of the most devoted workers for the cause the church has ever had,and is exceptionally active in Sunday-school work. Ever since his conversion he has held weekly prayer meetings in his office, and has been the means of converting many persons to the cause of Christ.
On October 19, 1856, he was married to Miss Marinda Grifiith, who was born in Steuben County, and by her had a son, Melvin M., who died of consumption at the age of 22 and a daughter, Lucretia Adel "Della" Bunce who married George B. Day.
James Avery Ludlow Bunce (1797 - 1860)
Esther Lewis Bunce (1806 - 1876)
Marinda Elizabeth Griffith Bunce (1837 - 1923)*
Melvin M. Bunce (1858 - 1881)*
Lucretia Adell Bunce Day (1859 - 1952)*
Jacob Delaney Bunce (1824 - 1882)*
Lewis DeMott Bunce (1826 - 1900)*
Adelia Ann Bunce Stanley (1829 - 1906)*
Densmore Journey Bunce (1838 - 1924)
Danforth Bunce (1840 - 1925)*
David King Bunce (1845 - 1916)*
REV. D. J. BUNCE
DEC. 22, 1833
FEB. 5, 1923
Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Plot: Block 4, Row 2, Grave 35
Created by: Dorian the Historian
Record added: Jun 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53896955