Doris Marine Dunn
Father: William Martin Dunn
- Sex: F
- Born: 19 DEC 1902 in Marysville, Mo.
- Died: 2 NOV 1996 in Torrence, California Bur. Riverview Cem. Sutherland, Nebraska
The following was written by DORIS MARINE (DUNN) WOOD
I was born the fifth child of a family on seven children to my parents William and Nancy Dunn, I do not remember anything about Maryville, Mo. because ,my family;moved , to,Richmond, Mo. when I was very small , but I do remember some things about this place from about 31/2 years t o four years old.
Having three brothers, Frank, Harold, Guy and a sister Ethel, older than I, my life seemed to be pretty much attuned to what they did and said.
Our Mother worked hard in keeping us all dressed nicely with clothes she made from her sister (Aunt Anna's old dresses) they were always of very nice material, the boy s clothes she made From our father's suits. I remember she always dressed Ethel and Me just alike. Many people thought we were twins, altho there was almost three years difference in our ages.
The house I remember was a two story one with a front hallway with an open stairway to the upper floor which had three bedrooms. The down stairs had a living room, dinning room and kitchen. A small closet in the kitchen was made under the stairway and often times when Ethel or I or both were naughty Mather sat us in this little closet to punish us. one time Mother went to see the next door neighbor for a little while and I did something to displease Ethel. She pushed me into the closet, closed the door with me screaming to high heaven, altho not hurt in the least. After a while Ethel tried to let me out but couldn't open the door, when Mother returned Ethel was frantic and I was pounding and kicking. Mother, I guess decided we were both punished enough she let me out--Ethel never tried that again.
I remember my grandparents came to visit us, I think it must have been near Christmas Time, they brought us the book "The Night Before Christmas". Grandmother read it to Ethel and me and then told us there was no Santa Clause. Our hearts were broken for awhile, but we always made believe there was one. Our Mother loved Christmas and always went all out to make it as nice as she could with help of the boys, they wrapped each limb of a little cotton wood tree with strips of cotton. it was the first Christmas tree I ever remember-what a wonderful surprise. The boys had made doll furniture chairs and cradles for us. They had worked for weeks in the little coal and wood shed behind the house. They kept it locked and made Ethel and I stay out while they worked.
I remember the streets of Richmond were paved with red bricks and transportation was by horse drawn hacks, folks entered the hack from the rear and sat on long seat along the side. We always rode in these to go to town and to church and to the printing office where my father worked was just across the street from the M.E. Church where we attended. One day Mother took me with her to Ladies Aid and I fell down the stone steps cutting a gash in my forehead.(I still have a scar there.) Mother went across the street to tell my father, holding me in her one arm with a handkerchief pushed against my head with the the other hand. There was a doctor's office close by where they took me and the good doctor took care of me.
My two older brothers heard that an Ice Cream Man wanted some one to fry cones for him, so he could sell ice cream cones, they applied for the job and brought home what looked like a waffle iron, Mother helped them mix the batter, fry and roll them into cornucopia shapes. They were packed in boxes and delivered.
Brother Frank, got a job at the printing office as a Printer's Devil as they were called, kids who swept the floor, picked up type off the floor, etc., he learned to set type and printed some pretty folders, my Mother said,"Frank would always say to Harold each morning, good bye , I have to go earn YOUR bread and butter".
Doris Dunn Wood, 93, was born December 19, 1902 in Maryville, Mo. and died November 2. 1996 in Torrence, Calif. She was the fifth child of seve n children born to William and Nancy Dunn.
Her early years were spent in Richmond, Mo., then moving to Callaway, Neb., where her father bought the towns newspaper office. Doris compl eted her eight grade in Callaway then went to Stapleton to live with her brother Harold and his wife Hattie. There she attended the 9th grade.
The family moved to Sutherland, Neb.in April, 1918 after Doris's father purchased the newspaper, The Sutherland Courier. Doris helped her father in the printing office. After taking her teachers examinations she taught school in Keystone, Neb..
On June 1924 she and her Freind Lorna Hilliard went to Omaha to attend beauty school. Upon completing beauty school in October, they opened the "Girl's Shoppe" in the Humphrey building in Sutherland.
Doris married Frank Wood in Rawlins, Wy. on October 2, 1927. They moved to Parco, Wy. where Frank worked for P&N Oil Co. Wyoming. They lived for a time in Casper, Wy. They bought a grocery store in Wheatland, Wy. . Frank and Doris were very interested in the youth and sponsored youth groups in both Casper and Wheatland. Even though they had no children o f their own they felt blessed by the love of so many young people involved in the youth groups they sponsored, the children of their many friends and their nephews and nieces.
Frank and Doris enjoyed living in Santa Monica, Ca. where Frank worked for Douglas Aircraft. Upon Frank's retirement they moved to a mobile home park in Lomita, Ca., where Doris continued to live following Frank 's death in 1971. Doris had many good friends at the mobile home park. She enjoyed many years living there. She was visited by many friends and family members there. Doris's sister Lillian lived with her for several years until failing health forced Doris to move to a private care center.
- Record Updated: 16 FEB 2006
, b. 12 JAN 1867 in Harrinsburg, Warren County, Iowa
Mother: Nancy Kaziah Wilson
, b. 2 AUG 1875 in Belle Plane, Benton County, Iowa
Family 1: Frank Wood
- Married: 2 OCT 1927 in Rawlins, Wyoming
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