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   CLARENCE A. DUNN - The Madera County Hospital, located one and one-half miles from the city of Madera, is most ably and carefully managed by Clarence A. Dunn, who has served as superintendent of this institution for the past for years.  A man of fine physical and mental development, energetic and public spirited, ever mindful of the public weal, he is performing the arduous duties connected with his position with commendable zeal and fidelity, and is well worthy of the confidence and trust reposed in him by his fellow-men.  A son of Samuel Dunn, he was born August 10, 1858, in Atchison County, Kansas.

    The lineal descendant of an old and prominent Virginia family, Samuel was born in Virginia, but was brought up and educated in Ohio.  He there learned the trade of carpenter, and also became familiar with the various branches of agriculture.  From Ohio he moved with his family to Iowa, living there for four years, from 1851 until 1855.  Removing then to Kansas, he carried on general farming and carpentering until his death.  In Washington County, Ohio he married Lucy Ellis, who was born in Ohio, and died on the home farm, in Kansas in 1876.

    At the age of twenty-one years, in 1870, Clarence A. Dunn left his native state, going first to Iowa, and then to Omaha, Neb. There he remained for two years.  Wishing, however, to improve his financial prospects, and to enjoy the beautiful climate of California, he came to this state in 1891, locating in Madera, where he secured a position in a sash and door factory, and also worked at the carpenter’s trade.  In 1900 he was made superintendent of the Madera County Hospital, and has since served in this capacity in a manner worthy of notice.  The main building of the Hospital, erected in 1895, in a two-story building frame building, fitted out with five wards, in which there are accommodations for fifty or more patients.  Connected with the institution is a small farm, which is likewise under the management of Mr. Dunn, who raises all the poultry, eggs and vegetables needed for use on the place.  This is a great help to the county, as on January 1 1904, there were forty-nine men and one woman being cared for by the farm.

    While living in Iowa Mr. Dunn married Carries Lloyd.  Politically Mr. Dunn is an ardent supporter of the principles promulgated by the Republican Party, and fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and to the Woodmen of the World.

Guinn, J. M., History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, (Chicago: Chapman Publishing, 1905), page 610.

Transcribed by Harriet Sturk.

Last update: September 5, 2000
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