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Hugh Joseph Gunn
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Birth: Jul., 1859
Ontario, Canada
Death: Aug. 30, 1926
Lexington
Dawson County
Nebraska, USA

Joseph was born in Bruce County, Canada (parents are linked to him).

At the age of 10 his family came down to the Dakota Territories, part way by train, the rest in covered wagon. Settling in the area that is now, Scotland, Bon Homme, South Dakota. His father and two brothers (out of 6, who came from Kinlocklaggan Scotland), came with some Murray cousin and settled that area. When General Charles T. Campbell brought cattle to the area more settlers came. In 1871 General Campbell wanted to have the stage line bring mail (closest town was 25 miles away), which meant naming the village or settlement so they could build a post office. General Campbell wanted to name it "Gunnville" but when the brothers would not give permission he swore and said; " We will call it Scotland, then!"

The family survived terrible blizzards, epidemics of diphtheria and scarlet fever (though they did get scarlet fever which effected all their hearing by age 30), and many other not so strong epidemics. They all had good homeschooling until a school was built.

In 1889 his father died, both he, his brother John and there sister Marion "Minnie" had already left home to go to Omaha where he had a job selling insurance. Not liking it, he went to work for the railroad and was transferred to Plum Creek, now Lexington, Nebraska. Spring after his father's death (1890), his Mother and other siblings still at home came to the area, and lived with John and his family until he and Hugh built them a house of their own.

I do not have a marriage date, but Hugh married Amelia Roth of Tennessee, in Lexington, Nebraska. To this union two sons were born, Claude in 1894 and Norman in 1903.

His brother John went into implement business with Hugh becoming a partner. Later Hugh bought him out when John decided to move to Des Moines. Hugh also went into the hay business, shipping baled hay to dairymen in Iowa, Indiana and Ohio. His son Claude later managed the business until pelleting mills were developed-and the business of shipping hay closed.

Their son Norman died in October 1918 at the age of 15, when he caught the Spanish Flu (aka swine flu) in the big epidemic.

1920 Census show Hugh and Amelia still had the Implement Store. Hugh was listed as 60 and she being 59, with Claude being 26. His wife died four years later in 1924, with him following her 2 years after that.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph McIntosh Gunn (1828 - 1889)
  Anna Murray Gunn (1838 - 1935)
 
 Spouse:
  Amelia Roth Gunn (1863 - 1924)*
 
 Children:
  Claude Harold Gunn (1894 - 1955)*
  Norman Hugh Gunn (1903 - 1918)*
 
 Siblings:
  Hugh Joseph Gunn (1859 - 1926)
  Marion Minerva Gunn Menke (1867 - 1904)*
  George Donald Gunn (1870 - 1939)*
  Isabelle Gunn Simmons (1873 - 1929)*
  Anna Josephine Gunn (1875 - 1951)*
  Christina Margaret Gunn (1880 - 1961)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Lexington
Dawson County
Nebraska, USA
 
Created by: W. Loy Frisk Simmons
Record added: Feb 24, 2010
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Grand Uncle, may you be at peace.
- Gene & Loy
 Added: May. 31, 2012
 
 
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