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Object ID RG0707.AM
Collection RG0707 Dunn, William, 1842-1919
Object Name Diary
Extent of Description 1 item
Title Diary typscript of William Dunn, 1865.
Date 1865
Admin/Biographical History William Dunn was born in Royton, England on January 11, 1842. His family emigrated to American in 1854 and settled first in Utah. In 1858, Mrs. Dunn and her four sons moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska, where William, as the oldest son and the family's chief breadwinner, took work as a teamster with a freighting train.

Around 1866 William and his brother, George, formed a jewelry business. That same year he married Sarah M. Warner. Five daughters were born to the Dunns.

Upon the dissolution of the partnership with his brother in 1868, William Dunn purchased a quarter section of land northwest of Syracuse. He retired from the farm and moved to Syracuse in 1904. He died there on October 16, 1919.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This collection consists of one item, a diary from 1865 entitled, "An account of a trip from Nebraska City to Denver with the Ingham and Christy train in the spring of 1865." This typescript of William Dunn's diary records the difficulties faced by traveling in midwinter, including muddy, mushy, or frozen roads; ice-caked stream crossings; blizzard conditions; and exhaustion from being "too cold to sleep." Biographical information on Dunn from published sources is also provided.
Creator Dunn, William, 1842-1919
Finding Aids William Dunn finding aid
Subjects Blizzards
Mud
Travel
Weather
People Dunn, William, 1842-1919
Search Terms Freight and freightage
Nebraska City (Neb.) -- History
Otoe County (Neb.) -- History
Overland journeys
Classification Diaries