Monday, March 2, 2020

1923 Obituary of Miss Grace Dunham (1893-1923), Native of Dexter, Maine

Obituary of Miss Grace Dunham (1893-1923) of Hialeah, Florida; she was originally from Dexter, Maine.  The handwritten notation of June 24, '24, refers to the article just above

The obituary is pasted in a scrapbook of items mostly from the area encompassing Dexter, Maine, and Skowhegan, Maine.

Coincidentally, in 2023, I purchased a postcard that Grace sent to her friend Miss Edna Brackett in Newport, Maine.  The picture side shows the Long Bridge over the narrow part of Lake Wassokeag in Dexter, with Grace marking her family's farmstead with an X.

Grace M. Dunham (1893-1923) was born, presumably, at Dexter, Maine, perhaps on the "Dunham Place" above Lake Wassookeag.  She was the daughter of William F. Dunham (1856-1927) and Mabel (Peavey) Dunham Vogt (1876-1939).  The sister Anna Dunham mentioned in the obituary was Anna Louise Dunham, who would marry Herman George Thiel in Florida in 1928. Anna was a registered pharmacist in Hialeah, Florida.


Miss Grace Dunham
The remains of the late Grace Dunham arrived Tuesday evening from Hialeah, Fla, where she passed away Nov. 17, 1923, after a brief illness.  The remains were accompanied by Miss Anna Dunham, a sister of the deceased.  Miss Dunham was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Dunham of this town.

The remains were taken to Mount Pleasant cemetery, where Rev. William Garner, pastor of the Universalist church and Miss Mildred Thomas spoke words of comfort to the relatives and friends. There was a profusion of beautiful floral tributes, showing the high esteem in which the deceased was held by her many friends who extend their sympathy to the family.

The bearers were Walter Dudley, Duane Mower, Linwood Mower, Ralph Mitchell, Fred Dore and Dennis Weeks.

If you have information on any of the people mentioned above, please leave a comment.

The lake you see in the center of the town is Lake Wassookeag.  The large Dunham farm, according to an obituary reproduced on Mabel (Peavey) Dunham Vogt's FindaGrave memorial, was located above the lake.  

See an early 1900s postcard from Grace in Dexter to her friend Miss Edna Brackett in Newport; the card shows the bridge over Lake Wassokeag, with an X marking the Dunham farm.

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