|Birth: ||Nov. 1, 1873|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 1964|
Mrs. S. D. Furst Dies; Prominent in Civic Affairs
Mrs. Aida Dunn Furst, widow of Sidney D. Furst, died at her home at 47 W. Water St., at 11:40 o'clock last evening. She had been ill for a year and her condition had become serious during the past several weeks. She would have been 91 on November 1.
Mrs. Furst, who had lived in Lock Haven continuously since her marriage in 1903, was the descendant of one of the first settlers of this area, William Dunn, a surveyor who first came up the Susquehanna River before the Revolutionary War. He became one of the first landowners when the Indian land was opened for settlement. Dunnstown was named for him and land adjacent to that community, which has remained in the Dunn family throughout the history of the Untied States, was still owned by Mrs. Furst.
William Dunn first came to Clinton County in 1764; the Dunn family has been associated with the county for 200 years. William Dunn became the first legal owner of the Great Island, parts of which remained in possession of the family until very recent years.
Active in many civic and social affairs of the community, Mrs. Furst had been identified with the organization of the playground system her more than 50 years ago, and had been a leader in the activities of the Clinton County Historical Society and the Great Island Presbyterian church.
Born in New York City in a farming area, known as West Farms, which is now part of the Bronx, Mrs. Furst was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Washington Dunn. Her father was a railroad contractor, who built much railroad mileage in the period when the railroads were pushing their way west. Her mother was Lois Ann Fisk of Pine Creek.
The family lived at West Farms for six years, coming to Lock Haven after the birth of Mrs. Furst and her older brother, the late William Dunn. The section is still known locally in the Bronx as West Farms, and the name was used until recently for a telephone exchange.
When the family moved back to Lock Haven, they occupied the house at West Water and Third St., where Mrs. Furst's surviving brother, the Hon. Charles Dunn, still resides. While Washington Dunn was working on various railroad contracts in the west, his family frequently accompanied him to live near the site of construction. He died at the age of 47, while building the Rocky Mountain Division of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
After his death, Mrs. Dunn took her family of three sons and a daughter to Staunton, Va., where the boys attended the Staunton Military Academy, and later to Andover, Mass., where Mrs. Furst attended Abbot Academy and her brothers were entered at the Phillips Andover Academy. When the sons were in college, Mrs. Dunn took her daughter to Europe, where they resided for three years. Returning to Lock Haven, the reestablished their home here and, in 1903, Miss Dunn was married to Sidney D. Furst, son of another early family of the area, who had just begun the practice of law.
Mrs. Furst shared with her husband a keen interest in historical matters.
Both were charter members of the Clinton County Historical Society, which elected Mr. Furst as the first president. Mrs. Furst remained a member of the board of trustees of the society until her failing health prevented her further attendance at meetings within the past year. She had been active in its work for more than 40 years and had contributed to its local historical studies.
The Civic Club, which was organized early in the 1900's and continued active in community life for nearly half a century, was an abiding interest for Mrs Furst. She was its president in 1911 and, returning from a Western trip that year, when she had seen an early playground in operation in Chicago, she initiated a playground project in Lock Haven. She designated her sister-in-law, the first Mrs. Charles Dunn, as chairman of a committee to try to establish a playground here.
Under the leadership of Mrs. Furst and Mrs. Dunn, and with the help of the late Wilson Kistler, the first playground in the city was opened in 1912 at the present site of the Lock Haven High School athletic field. It was an instant success. The playground committee of the Civic Club remained an important factor in the maintenance and growth of the playground system her until the program was taken over by the city, under an official Recreation Board, in '47. Evan after that, the playground Committee, in which Mrs. Furst continued to take an active interest, remained in action as an advisory body.
An active parishioner of the Great Island church, Mrs. Furst served the churches as a trustee and, during a money raising campaign for reconstruction and renovation of the church, she undertook a personal effort to carry the appeal to former members of the congregation residing out of town. Her individual campaign was successful and productive.
An indefatigable traveler, Mrs. Furst went around the world at least four times, in addition to making many trips to Europe and visiting all parts of the United States. She had visited Central and South America and spent a summer in China in 1936, when her son, the Rev. Philip Wolcott Furst was serving ther at a mission outpost.
Mrs. Furst is survived by her brother, former associate judge Charles Dunn, two sons, S. Dale Furst, Williamsport, a prominent Central Pennsylvania attorney, and the Rev. Mr. Furst, who now lives in New York City and is connected with the Ford Foundation. Her sister-in-law, Mrs. Maybell E. Greenleaf, Hotel Eastland, Portland, Me., also survives, a little older than Mrs. Furst. She also leaves seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Mrs. Furst's third brother, the late Clarence Dunn, was a mayor of Lock Haven.
Express, The (Lock Haven, PA) 23 Jun 1964
Pg 1, col 5
FURST--Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Great Island Presbyterian Church for Mrs. Aida Dunn Furst, 90, widow of Sidney D. Furst, who died at her home, 47 W. Water St., at 11:40 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 1964. The Rev. William H. Gray, Jr. will officiate. Interment, Highland Cemetery.
Yost Funeral Home, Lock Haven
Express, The (Lock Haven, PA) 23 Jun 1964
Pg 10, col 4
Washington Dunn (1837 - 1883)
Lois Ann Fisk Dunn (1838 - 1913)
Sidney Dale Furst (1866 - 1925)
Sidney Dale Furst (1904 - 1969)*
Philip Wolcott Furst (1909 - 1969)*
William A. Dunn (1871 - 1953)*
Aida Dunn Furst (1873 - 1964)
Clarence Dunn (1876 - 1949)*
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Record added: Jul 06, 2010
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