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William Rice Dunbar
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1839
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1903
Washington, USA

63 years, 11 months and 22 days old


The Goldendale delegation to the funeral of the late W.R. Dunbar returned on Thursday. After the services at the house, the remains were taken to Salem for interment. Delegations representing the Oddfellows, Workman and the Grand Army of the Republic were present to receive the body of their late brother and comrade and escort it to the Oddfellows' cemetery, the pallbearers being: Hon. Edward Hirsch, Hon. A. N. Gilbert, Squire Farrar, Hon. William Waldo, Hon. C. B. Moores, of Salem, and Hon. W. B. Presby, Colonel L. L. Thomson, M .F. Gerting and Wendlin Leidl, of Goldendale. Rev. P.S. Knight, of Salem, was the officiating minister.

William was the 1st person to enlist in Union Company A of the 1st Oregon Infantry in 1864 and was comminssioned 2nd Lt. until 1866. After mustering out, he was in command of the Grande Ronde Indian Reservation. After returning to civilian life, he engaged in teaching on reservations. In his lifetime he held the positions of Clerk of the District Court, Judge of the Probate Court and Mayor of Goldendale. He was also appointed Register at the Vancouver Land Office by President McKinley and again by President Theo. Roosevelt.
William was also a shareholder in the Klickitat "Sentinel" newspaper out of Goldendale. Married on 3-21-1861 to Eliza Ann Small born on 3-12-1841 in TN and died on 9-18-1872 in Oregon at 31 years, 6 months and 4 days of consumption leaving one boy, Willie, who followed his mother in 1886. William remarried Susan Dudley born on 10-10-1853 and died on 12-28-1909 in Oregon at 56 years, 2 months and 18 days. Judge Dunbar died after a long illness from Bright's disease. William, Eliza, William C. and Susan are all buried in Salem Pioneer Cemetery in Salem, Oregon.

Son of Honorable Rice Dunbar and Jane Miller Brisbin.

Brother of Eliz. Dunbar-Crandle-Reynolds, Adalia Dunbar-Alexander, Judge Ralph Oregon Dunbar, Oscar Dunbar and Emily Dunbar-White-Ward.

Husband of Eliza Small and then Susannah Dudley.

Father of William C. Dunbar. 
Family links: 
  Rice Dunbar (1802 - 1870)
  Jane Miller Brisbin Dunbar (1809 - 1858)
  Eliza Ann Small Dunbar (1841 - 1872)*
  Susannah C Dudley Dunbar (1853 - 1909)*
  William C. Dunbar (1864 - 1886)*
  Infant son Dunbar (1880 - 1880)*
  Emily Dunbar White (____ - 1884)*
  William Rice Dunbar (1839 - 1903)
  Adelia L Dunbar Alexander (1843 - 1878)**
  Ralph Oregon Dunbar (1845 - 1912)*
  Frances Ann Dunbar Hodgkin (1852 - 1892)*
*Calculated relationship
Salem Pioneer Cemetery
Marion County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Robin
Record added: Mar 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10675057
William Rice Dunbar
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William Rice Dunbar
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William Rice Dunbar
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 Added: May. 28, 2016

- Robin
 Added: Mar. 28, 2005

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