Before New Year's Day, 1946, the Dunns were a happy family, with a new eight-room house and four dump trucks accumulated in 20 years of saving and scraping for a^ hauling and contracting business.
Son Helping In Business
They were the parents of Jerry, 17; Daniel, 9, and Teddy, 7. An¬ other child was expected.
Jerry was learning to help his father — hauling produce and cement blocks. For the first time in their lives, they were swimming instead of treading water.
New Year's Day, however, was the turning point. A sudden fire destroyed the home they had bought only in September. And Jerry and Teddy were burned to death.
Mr. Dunn, who had a heart ail¬ ment left over from football days at Waite High School, and his wife fixed up their garage. It's a cozy place, with flowers on the table, clean curtains and draperies and a shiny floor.
But grief-stricken, he suffered a nervous breakdown — three weeks before another son, John Harold, was born. So Mrs. Dunn nursed her husband, supervised his busi¬ ness and tended her children.
Fatal Automobile Accident
He was beginning to recover, she recalled yesterday, when Danny was killed in an auto accident Feb. 25 while riding to* school with an uncle, Claire Dunn, Waite High School assistant football coach. Three other children - passengers also died in the crash.
Left with only her invalid hus* band and her baby, Mrs. Dunn set her jaw even more rigidly and wentl on working. Suffering a relapse, | Mr. Dunn needed medical treatment and much rest.
And then Thursday afternoon, when the garage was so hot Mr. Dunn's bad heart couldn't operate any more, he died, exactly one month before the couple's 22nd wedding anniversary.
"It all sounds like a made-up story,'' Mrs. Dunn said yesterday, looking at her spotlessly-clean white shoes. Asked if she'd been ill herself through all this trouble, she replied, "I've had to be well. rhere were so many things to do"
And she's not even thinking of
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