Lewiston, Idaho, September 6, 1888
Died. Bunnell - In this city Sept. 1, 1888, Dennis Dowd Bunnell, aged 62 years.
Death of D. D. Bunnell.
It is with sadness that we record the death of our townsman and valued citizen D. D. Bunnell. The news of his departure from our midst early on Saturday morning, as it was quickly disseminated through this community, cast a deep gloom over the city, for although he had been poising between life and death for several weeks, yet all had gathered hopes for the symptoms developed, that he would be able to master his disease and yet rally so as to be once again moving among us, a living monument of his worth and usefulness in our midst. But a sudden turn of the disease took place on Friday evening and he soon became unconscious of all his surroundings, from this condition he never again rallied, till death came to his relief at about 5 a.m., on Saturday. Physicians and friends had been untiring in their attentions upon him, ministering to bid his every known want. Mr. Bunnell was born in Niagara county, New York, Aug. 13, 1826. With his parents removed from there to Rochester. In early years of manhood he learned and worked at his trade in Chicago and Milwaukie. He was a good workman and was quite successful. His parents both died n 1850. In 1853 he came to San Francisco and worked at his trade for several years and was successful. In 1858 he came to Portland and engaged in the same business, and in 1860 his brother C. C., joined him in Portland, and went into business with him, and continued till 1868. Meantime his brother took a stock of goods and came to Lewiston in 1862. The partnership was dissolved in 1868, D. D., remained in Portland. In the great fire of 1873 in Portland he was burned out and lost heavily. In 1879 he came to Dayton, W. T., and opened business and was burned out twice while there and was a great loser. In 1882 he came to Lewiston and has remained here with his brother ever since. He was twice married, both of his wives dying. He has three living children, Ida, Oscar and Walter, the former is married and lives in Chico, Cal., and her husband is one of the proprietors of the Chronicle. Oscar is married and with his family lives here. Walter is but a lad and lives here with his uncle. He has one brother who resides at the Dalles, who has visited him during his sickness, but hoping for his recovery, he returned to his business. But death came and ended his career and left the surviving kindred to mourn his loss. In all the relations of life, he acted a prominent part, was a kind parent, and highly respected by all who knew him, and took an active part in all matters that were for the up-building of the communities in which he lived. He was a leading director in our public schools, vice president of the board of trade of this city and vice-president of the Lewiston National Bank, and his taking off leaves a marked vacuum in social and business relations of the people of this city. May the Lord temper the winds to the shorn lambs who are left to morn his loss. The funeral took place from the residence of his son, O. C. Bunnell, on Monday evening at 5 o'clock, under the auspices of the Masonic Fraternity, of which he was a worthy member.
The bodies of D. D. Bunnell and Mida Springer were moved from the old cemetery to the new one last week, under the direction of C. C. Bunnel and undertaker J. B. Menomy. Others will soon be moved.