Rumors of the sudden death of Washington Dunn, which reached this city yesterday, are confirmed by our special dispatch from Missoula. On his return from Portland, Oregon, and when within a few miles of his destination, he was found in his berth in a Pullman sleeper cold in death. The moment of his demise or the exact cause of death are unknown, but he had been long subject to severe attacks of erysipelas, and it is believed that he died of paralysis of the heart superinduced by that disease. During the past seven years Washington Dunn has been one of the most conspicuous figures in the, at first patient and toiling, but latterly gigantic operations which have brought about the railroad era, upon which Montana is just entering. In 1876, he contracted with Jay Gould to build the first one hundred miles of the Utah and Northern north of Franklin, Idaho, upon the completion of which he undertook the construction of the line to Silver Bow Junction. The latter contract was finished in October, 1881, after which he severed his connection with the road, which had in the meantime passed into the control of the Utah and Northern Company, and connected himself with the construction department of the Northern Pacific Railroad of which he may be said to have graded the entire roadbed from Bozeman to the Pond d'Oreille. He was also a partner in the extensive agricultural implement house of Nelsen, Bennet & Co. of Deer Lodge. In the very prime of an active manhood, at the age of forty-five, and when, by a life of great devotion to business and the most energetic prosecution of large enterprises, he had accumulated a competency, he has been cut down, leaving to mourn his loss and revere his memory, besides thousands of friends in the northwest who knew his sterling qualities, a devoted wife and three children. His family resides in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, where his remains will be taken for burial.
The Butte Daily Miner (Butte, MT) 17 Jul 1883