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Henry Paul Dunn
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1869
Rice County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jul. 1, 1940
Rochester
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA

Arrived in Brainerd in 1895.

Brother of Martin T. Dunn.

Married Sadie Reilly on June 29, 1904 in Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota.

Brainerd City Mayor 1911-1913

Postmaster 1914-1923 and from 1933 to time of death in 1944

•See Frank Bivins Johnson.
•See Kathleen T. Canan Early.
•See Adam Bellmuth.
•See Margaret Johnson Hemstead.
•See Michael J. Reilly.
•See George W. Holland.
•See Dr. Francis Joseph Sykora.
•See James M. Elder.
•See Caroline Morrison Grandelmeyer.
•See Mary McGann McGivern.
•See Charles Douglas Johnson.
•See Daniel Malachi Clark.

      Henry Dunn, the genial and jovial clerk, who for the past five years has been associated with Eagle Drug Store, left Monday for Brainerd to accept a position with the McFadden Drug Co. Henry is widely and favorably known here and we are sorry to see him leave Kenyon, but being gone may all success attend him in his new field. "Sorry to see you go," were the parting words of all his friends. In him Kenyon loses a straight-forward, up-right and honest young man, and thought a great deal of by every one who knows him.—Kenyon Leader. (Brainerd Dispatch, 27 December 1895, p. 4, c. 3)

                        New Firm!

      Henry Dunn, who has had charge of Johnson's Pharmacy, in the Cale block, for some time, has bought an interest in the business of the McFadden Drug Co. The business will be continued in the same popular manner, and the friends of Mr. Dunn in this city will be pleased to learn that he has decided to cast his lot in Brainerd and become one of its business men. (Brainerd Dispatch 11 March 1898, p. 10, c. 2)

      Rev. D. W. Lynch entertained the ladies and gentlemen composing the cast of "Capt. Jack" at a five o'clock dinner last Sunday evening. Rev. Lynch is a most genial and interesting gentleman to meet socially, a whole-souled host and a royal entertainer, hence his guests will long remember his kind hospitality on that occasion. The dinner was a very elaborate affair, eleven courses being served. Those present were Misses Mamie Carney, Delia Reilly, Mamie Bolin, Gertrude Slipp, and Messrs. Geo. H. Spear, Jos. P. Early, H. P. Dunn, C. E. Wilson, W. S. Cox, Geo. Murphy and Walter DeLaMere. (Brainerd Dispatch, 30 March 1900, p. 8, c. 4)

          Important Business Changes.

      Several very important business changes have occurred during the past week. On Saturday M. K. Swartz sold his drug business to H. P. Dunn & Co. Mr. Dunn will have personal charge of the store. Mr. Swartz carried an enormous stock and did a fine business, and the new firm will no doubt be equally favored. The consideration was $12,000 in cash. Mr. Swartz will devote his time in the future to his extensive real estate interests and the driving park. (Brainerd Dispatch, 20 April 1900, p. 1, c. 3)

             A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
                              _____

         The Dispatch List of Eligibles in
          Matrimonial Lines Will Prove a
                  Very Valuable Guide.

      HENRY P. DUNN, who claims no relationship to Mr. Dooley because that dignitary uses the final "e" on his name, is versatile, suave, ingenious, a fluent talker, delightful entertainer, sober and industrious, never goes out with the boys, attends church regularly, occupies a prominent place in social and fraternal circles, enjoys a good joke, has his mind continually on home and home environments, has made a success in business and stands as on of Brainerd's most influential businessmen today, is interested in the public library, is watchdog of the treasury of the Park Opera House association, has been made Hyomel King, has converted his place of business into a Mecca where hundreds gather for the elixir of life, his store is the home of Vinol, it is under his direction that thousands of headaches are cured in a day throughout the northwest for he supervises the putting up of Mae's headache powders, and "Oh, say girls, did you ever see him on the stage?" He is certainly the limit, in fact, dear sweet maiden, if there is anything under God's canopy that is good that "Our Henry" is not a potent factor in, then come forth and state it. Henry Dunn has always expressed himself as willing to become the head of some household and in fact he said the other day he came awfully near it once, all he had to do was to secure the consent of the girl herself, and the father, but he was willing. Henry did not consent to his name being used in this column, but the fact that it is here is sufficient guarantee that there will be a grand rush. It has not been announced when the sale will open, but it is a safe bet that Henry will be there and will be as courteous as though dealing our pasteboards for the "Devil's Auction," in fact his place of business is a rendezvous for all mankind and when they enter it seems that the proverbial silver lining to the old cloud of despondency always disappears. Mr. Dunn is the most popular businessman in Brainerd today and no one will gainsay this, and he has a smile for everyone and never speaks ill of any man, so girls, what a glorious prospect. He loves the companionship of the ladies, but like other wise men he does not settle down on any one, but loves the whole bunch, being slightly partial, it is thought, to the dear school marms, at least they always find a warm welcome from the genial, wholesouled druggist, and do you know, they nearly all buy their paints, powders and puffs here. His store is swarmed continually with customers and the wonder is that Henry has so many smiles to go around, but he does and he distributes them with telling effect too. Henry cannot sing much but what is lacking in his soul in this regard is more than made up by the knack that he has of pouring forth plaintive songs of love into the ear of some fair one. To those who know him best it is thought that the old rule "first come first served" will apply, for how can Henry refuse anyone anything. Girls, walk right in, and unless Mr. Dunn is busy waiting on a customer you will find him at his desk. he will rise gracefully from his desk, bow courteously and extend his hand. Here is where you have him. Spring it at him and do it quick and before he gets time to recover you will hear him say, "Well by Jimminy Cracky, Well by Criminey Sufferin', Well by Gol Darn, this is so sudden." but we can't imagine him saying anything but "why, yes indeed, yes indeed ma'am." What a snap to get such a husband and get him so easily too girls. How proud any girl should feel having won the hand of Henry P. Dunn. A good looking, distinguished husband he would be too, kind and loving. He would be a good provider and his wife's life would be one continuity of happiness and sunshine, for her pathway would be strewn with garlands of roses and she would ever recline on the couch of ease. Just get onto that, girls. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 13 January 1904, p. 3, c. 4)

                      HIS FIRST DAY
                            _____

        Postmaster Henry P. Dunn Finds
            Huge Bouquet of American
                Beauties on the Desk

      Thursday, October 1, was the first day of Henry P. Dunn's incumbency as postmaster of Brainerd. When he entered the office early in the morning, Postmaster Dunn found a huge bouquet of American beauties on his desk breathing a fragrant welcome. Friends of Mr. Dunn, and he has legions of them, had in this unobtrusive way shown their regard of his sterling qualities.
      During the day the door to Mr. Dunn's office swung back and forth, and through its portals passed a stream of callers. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 02 October 1914, p. 7, c. 3)

      H. P. Dunn has established a remarkably strong reputation for pure drugs and prescriptions, and carries a complete assortment of toilet preparations and an attractive line of stationery.
      From 1895 Mr. Dunn was employed by and associated with the McFadden Drug Company until 1900, when he purchased the M. K. Swartz store and conducted it under the name of H. P. Dunn and Co. In 1910 he purchased the interests of the partners. He now has a fine, modern building and equipment. (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 117)

      On May 3, 1922, a Building and Loan Association was organized by S. R. Adair, W. R. Greenwood, M. H. Nelson, Theodore B. Brusegaard, H. P. Dunn, Mons Mahlum, Carl Adams, Elmer Dahl, and E. O. Webb as officers and directors. The purpose of the association is to help finance prospective home owners upon mutually advantageous terms. Already a number of dwellings have been financed through this association. Brainerd bids fair to remain "a city of homes." (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 47)

04 August 1933. Appointment of Henry P. Dunn as acting postmaster was made known today in news from the Postmaster General through a United Press bulletin to the Dispatch. Dunn, a former Brainerd mayor, has been a leader in Democratic politics here for many years. (This Was Brainerd, Brainerd Dispatch, 04 August 2013)

                     H. P. Dunn, Civic
                    Leader, P M, Dies
                            _____

      Henry P. Dunn, postmaster, pioneer merchant and one of Brainerd's most outstanding citizens, died shortly after noon today in Rochester.
      Mr. Dunn had been in ill health for some time. He went to Rochester for treatment at the Mayo clinic about two weeks ago.

                  In Business 40 Years

      His son, Joseph, and a niece, Mrs. Fred Roberts, of Detroit, Mich., were at his bedside when death came.
      Active in Brainerd's business and civic life for 40 years, Mr. Dunn was about 70 years of age. He came to this city more than 40 years ago and shortly after his arrival he opened the drug store that bears his name.
      Untiring in his efforts in the up-building of Brainerd, Mr. Dunn shouldered such duties as would contribute to this city's growth with energy and foresight. He served as mayor for several terms and also occupied other positions in which his influence and enterprise always was directed for the betterment of this community.

                   Named Postmaster

      Mr. Dunn was appointed postmaster by the late President Woodrow Wilson serving throughout that administration. He was returned to that position when President Roosevelt took office and held it at the time of his death.
      The deceased also was a member of several Brainerd civic and fraternal organizations and held various offices in the Elks and other organizations during his lifetime.
      The body of Mr. Dunn will arrive in Brainerd tonight. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 02 July 1940, p. 1, c. 5) [Contributed by John Van Essen]

     City Mourns Death of Henry P. Dunn

                        Dunn Rites
                        Friday at
                        St. Francis
                           _____

Tributes of Civic Leaders Page 2

      Brainerd will pay final tribute to one of its most outstanding citizens Friday at funeral services for Henry Paul Dunn, 71, postmaster and pioneer merchant who died Tuesday.
      Services will be held at 9:30 a. m. in St. Francis Catholic church. The Rev. James Hogan will officiate. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
      Today, messages of sympathy came to the family from persons in all walks of life, who eulogized Mr. Dunn as a friend and benefactor in his 40 year career as a civic leader whose acquaintanceship extended far beyond the confines of Brainerd, but throughout the state by virtue of his civic, political and business pursuits.
      The body of Mr. Dunn arrived here last night and is at the Dunn home at 323 North Third street where friends may call until time of the service.
      Mr. Dunn was born in Rice county, Minn., June 2, 1869. He lived at Kenyon for several years and in 1894 came to Brainerd, where he has lived since. He became a partner in the H. P. Dunn and company drug store and in 1910 assumed sole ownership under the firm name of H. P. Dunn.
      He was a director of the First National bank of Brainerd and one of the organizers of the Brainerd Building and Loan association. He was a member of the Retail Druggists association of Minnesota, of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and of the Brainerd Elks. In addition to these positions, Mr. Dunn was prominently associated with civic movements of all types and a public spirited and willing worker in any enterprise to advance the city.
      Mr. Dunn served as mayor of Brainerd for two years and was postmaster from 1914 to 1923 and from 1933 until his death.
      On June 19 [sic], 1904, he married Miss Sarah Reilly of Brainerd. She and an infant daughter preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, Joseph, of Brainerd; two sisters, Mrs. William Sherman and Mrs. Charles Peasley, and a brother, Joseph Dunn, all of Faribault. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 03 July 1940, p. 1, c. 2) [Contributed by John Van Essen]

   Civic Leaders in Tributes to H. P. Dunn

      Brainerd business, civic and community leaders today paid tribute to the memory of Henry P. Dunn, pioneer merchant and postmaster. Typical of the comments were these:
      Mayor Frank B. Johnson—Brainerd can ill afford to lose leaders of the type of Mr. Dunn. He has been such an important cog in the city's progress for so many years that everyone without exception feels a distinct loss at his death.
      Dr. G. C. Falkenreck, president Junior Chamber of Commerce—In Mr. Dunn the Junior Chamber always felt that it had a real and true friend. Personally and as a representative of the JCC, I deeply regret his death and extend sympathy to the family.
      Frank G. Hall—I've known Mr. Dunn ever since he came to Brainerd and counted him one of my closest personal friends. I know, too, what an asset he was to the community and it is for this reason as well as my personal friendship that his death so grieves me.
      Earl O'Brien—Having known Mr. Dunn intimately for many years, I realize what a great loss his passing means to the community. People in every walk of life counted him as a friend and now sorrow at his death.
      John Holvick, chairman of the county board—A good citizen in every sense of the word and always active in projects helping the community and county, Mr. Dunn will be sorely missed by all.
      G. W. Chadbourne—Mr. Dunn's life was a symbol for all people. He was a real and true friend. His death leaves a gap in Brainerd's civic and business life that cannot be filled.
      W. A. M. Johnstone, clerk of district court—The passing of H. P. Dunn has taken from me one of my dearest friends for 50 years standing and from the city of Brainerd an outstanding citizen.
      O. A. Peterson—My acquaintance with Mr. Dunn over a period of 40 years enabled me to respect him as one of Brainerd's outstanding citizens and leading business men. He will be greatly missed by the community.
      Walter F. Wieland, president Civic Association—Brainerd losses one of its pioneers and civic leaders in the passing of Henry Dunn. He was beloved for his kindness, generosity, tolerance and friendliness with all our citizens. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 03 July 1940, p. 2, c's. 3-6) [Contributed by John Van Essen] 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Dunn (1826 - 1899)
  Mary McDonough Dunn (1841 - 1912)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Reilly Dunn (1872 - 1932)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph R. Dunn (1905 - 1992)*
  Mary Louise Dunn (1908 - 1910)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martin Thomas Dunn (1863 - 1915)*
  Anna Agnes Dunn Thierman (1866 - 1950)*
  Frank J. Dunn (1869 - 1908)*
  Henry Paul Dunn (1869 - 1940)
  John Thomas Dunn (1871 - 1873)*
  Mary Ellen Dunn Peasley (1874 - 1956)*
  Joseph S. Dunn (1875 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Brainerd
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 7, Lot 125-B/126-B, South Center
 
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Jul 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73925968
Henry Paul Dunn
Added by: A. Nelson
 
Henry Paul Dunn
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Henry Paul Dunn
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