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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - James H. Dunlap

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


JAMES H. DUNLAP, Postmaster at Savoy, Station Agent of the Illinois Central Railroad, and Agent of the American Express Company, is known by most of the citizens of Champaign Township, by whom he is highly respected as a gentleman of intelligence and ability, and one who discharges the duties of his several offices with promptness and satisfaction. He was appointed Postmaster in 1875, and the following year was instrumental in having the express office established here, and has continually held the agency. He has been Station Agent since 1874, and has also been telegraph operator since 1880, at which time the office was established. Mr. Dunlap has been a resident of Champaign County since a child two years of age, and nearly all his life has been spent in the neighborhood where he still resides. his birth took place in West Chicago, Cook County, this State, on the 2d of November, 1854. His parents were Menzo and Arabella (Pierce) Dunlap, by whom he was reared to manhood, educated in the common schools, and trained to habits of industry and those principles which are the foundation of a successful and honorable course through life. His early years were employed in farming pursuits until December, 1874, when at the age of twenty years, he was appointed Agent of Savoy for the Illinois Central Railroad. Six months later he received his commission as Postmaster. He is Republican in politics, President of the Board of Trustees of the Savoy Methodist Episcopal Church, and has always taken an active interest in the advancement and welfare of his county and community. Socially he belongs to Western Star Lodge No. 240, A. F. & A. M., and is a member in good standing of Knights of Honor Lodge No. 841, both of Champaign.The wife of Mr. Dunlap, to whom he was married in Farmer City, De Witt Co., Ill., on the 22d of April, 1877, was formerly Miss Henrietta, daughter of J. N. and Eliza (Baltzell) Coon. Mrs. D. was born in Shelby County, Ohio, April 6, 1856, and at the date of her marriage resided at Farmer City, Ill. Of this union there were born five children: Burleigh H., Feb. 10, 1875; Rosa E., May 20, 1879; Louie N., Oct. 10, 1880; Albert M. and Isabel J., the latter twins, Jan. 15, 1884. Our subject and his wife are connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, to the support of which they have contributed liberally and cheerfully, and during their long residence here have become the center of a large circle of friends. The portrait of Mr. Dunlap is given on a preceding page. His inflexibility and uprightness in the different positions he so efficiently fills, together with his general worth and nobility of character, will secure for the picture a hearty welcome from the entire patronage of this Album, which it materially assists in embellishing.

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