4/19/1910 Sullivan Ward 1, Moultrie Co, IL. At census time Edward was 31, married 5 years to Mary C, 27, who had birthed 2 children, but only 1 still lived, Emogene, 2. Living with them was Mary's 73 year old widowed mother. Edward was a retail grocery salesman.
The news of Ed's demise was an item for the newspaper which produced a
glowing attribute to him:
"ED DUNKIN PASSES AWAY
Useful Citizen After a Brief Illness
Sullivan and Moultrie County lost another valuable citizen with
the death of Edward C. Dunkin. Mr. Dunkin died Tuesday evening in the
Mattoon Memorial hsopital after a weeks' illness with peritonitis. A
gloom seemed to settle over the whole community when the word came
last week that he could not live and during the rest of his illness a
nervous tension between hope and despair seemed the prevalent emotion
as the question came several times each day from every lip: 'How is
Ed was born and raised in this section of Moultrie county. He
practically grew to manhood on the streets of Sullivan. Though he
never made any pretentions at public life and in fact made no
pretentios of any kind, it is only when a great man dies that a
community bows in grief as was occasioned by the news of his death.
Surely it is a magnificent character that rises to greatness from
itself alone. Ed Dunkin was a personification of good citizenship.
His departure means a loss to the community which is more than
Mr. Dunkin united with the Christian church during the Scoville
revival and has been a consistent and devoted member of the church
since. At the present time he was deacon and treasurer of the Bible
In the community no one was more respected than he. He was a
home loving man and was proud of his home above all things else. He
was identified with the I.O.O.F. of this city. During his brief
illness he suffered intensely yet made a heroic fight to live and when
he realized there was no hope was ready and anxious to go....."
"The funeral was held from the Christian church Thursday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The Odd Fellows had charge and Rev. W.B.
Hopper delivered the sermon. All business houses were closed during
the funeral hour.
The service was one of the most largely attended ever held here.
The church was crowded to capacity and a large number were forced to