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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Ernest L. Dunlap

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


ERNEST L. DUNLAP. The gentleman whose biography we briefly note below is prominently identified with the business interests of Savoy as a merchang and grain-buyer, in which he established himself Dec. 1, 1886. Mr. D. is a native of the Prairie State, and was born in Cook County, June 25, 1851. He is the sixth child and fifth son of M. L. and Emeline Dunlap, a sketch of whom will be found in another part of this work. When our subject was a lad of seven years his parents removed to Champaign County, of which he has been a resident since that time. He received his early education at the district schools, which was completed under private tutors in Tuscola and Champaign, and by an attendance of several terms at the State University at Urbana. Mr. Dunlap was reared to farming pursuits and after the death of his father took charge of the nursery business which the latter had conducted, and in due time closed out the stock. In 1885 he purchased a part of the old homestead, which was located on section 36, in Champaign Township, and which he still owns. He still superintends the cultivation of his land, the proceeds of which yield him a handsome income. In 1886 he succeeded his brother, Albert, in his present business, which is steadily increasing, and in which he has met with uniform success. The marriage of Ernest L. Dunlap and Miss Fannie D. Betz took place Aug. 30, 1874. Mrs. D. was born in Circleville, Ohio, July 20, 1853, and is the daughter of Solomon and Catherine (Dunkie) Betz, both natives of Lewisburg, Pa. They removed from there to Ohio, in October, 1839, and purchased a farm in Pickaway County, five miles from Circleville. The mother died there in 1864, and four years later the father came to Illinois and purchased a farm on section 36, Champaign Township, which he cultivated and occupied until his death, in 1882. Mr. and Mrs. D. have four children: Gertie, Fredd, Lela and Nora M.

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