|Birth: ||Mar. 8, 1882, USA|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 1968|
At some point in time, May and her sister Ann were raised in Saltville, Washington County, Virginia in an area now known as Plasterco, VA. The family of Dr. Thomas Edmiston Dunn and his wife Caldonia Sanders Dunn raised May and Ann although they were old enough to be their grandparents. May's death certificate lists them as her parents although it's well established that they weren't her biological parents and adoption papers have not been found. There is evidence that her actual maiden name was Buchanan. Buchanan's were also part of the Dunn family.
May and Hugh H. Huhn were married on July 26, 1916 in Memphis, TN. Her marriage certificate lists her name as May Buchanan Palmer. Perhaps she was married once before Hugh Huhn...?
Ann, May and Georgann were all very close. They lived and worked together on and off over the years.
Ann Dunn Woodard and Georgeann Dunn Gorsline
Mrs. May B. Huhn
Services for Mrs. May B. Huhn of 1874 Court, who died Monday night at Methodist Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. today at the J. T. Hinton Funeral Home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Huhn, who was a switchboard operator for The Commercial Appeal for 42 years before her retirement in 1960, had for many years opened her home as a lodging place for new reporters when they came to Memphis. Newsmen also gathered in her kitchen in the mornings for coffee.
Mrs. Huhn was the wife of Hugh Huhn, former editorial writer and drama critic for The Commercial Appeal, who died in 1918. She leaves her sister, Mrs. Ann Woodard, with whom she made her home.
One of the most colorful chapters in the history of American journalism began in the late 19th century. In New York, fierce battles for circulation raged between newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, who ran screaming headlines over the most sensational stories they could find. Eventually, newspapers nationwide followed suit. Although some periodicals were more respectful than others, all strove to entertain readers, not just inform them. -- This era gave birth to the career of Hugh Higbee Huhn, one of the South's most respected drama critics. Huhn wrote for several Memphis newspapers in the early 1890s prior to working for The Commercial Appeal from 1897 to 1918. -- In those days, performers could not rely on movies or television to advance their careers, so they depended on national tours. Through his work as critic for the newspaper, Huhn was able to meet and befriend actresses Sarah Bernhardt and Ethel Barrymore, magician Harry Houdini, the minstrel Al G. Field and many other entertainers as they traveled around the country performing. The walls of Huhn's office at The Commercial Appeal were lined with autographed photos of celebrities and his desk drawers were stuffed with letters from them. -- Huhn was born in Memphis in 1872, the son of accountant John Huhn and Mary Cowden. He worked briefly for Cole Manufacturing Co., and at Nick Williams' bookstore. Huhn's aunt, Jennie Higbee, got him his first newspaper job in the early 1890s at the Appeal-Avalanche. In 1894, The Commercial bought the paper, and Huhn left to work for the then-new Lyceum Theatre, where he worked in the box office, and then as press agent for the second Lyceum after the original theater burned down. Three years later he returned to journalism as a reporter for The Commercial Appeal. -- For years, Huhn filled an enormous amusements section in each Sunday paper. He is best remembered as a drama critic, but his assignments also included covering the police beat and writing editorials and political pieces. He also wrote about nature, and the annual arrival of the circus. From 1903 to1905 he served a term in the Tennessee General Assembly. He was also a nature lover, an inveterate walker in Overton Park and an owner and enthusiast of pure-bred dogs. -- In 1918, Huhn was 46 and living at 1882 Jefferson in Midtown Memphis when he was stricken with paralysis. He died four months later, and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery. Huhn was survived by his wife of two years, May Dunn Buchanan Huhn. -- After Huhn's death, his widow became something of an institution at The Commercial Appeal. In 1918 May Huhn was hired as the newspaper's switchboard operator. Her home became a temporary rooming house for new reporters, as well as a gathering place for morning chats over coffee. She stayed at the newspaper for 42 years, retiring in 1960. (Memphis Public Library-Hugh Higbee Huhn Theater Collection)
Hugh Higbee Huhn (1872 - 1918)*
Plot: Turley 818 (family plot)
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