Lt. Robert Dunham


Lt. Robert Dunham Died Yesterday


Lt. Robert Dunham

[Iowa City Daily Press]

Robert Dunham, son of Mrs. E.I. Dunham of this city died at the family home on south Governor street last evening. The young man returned from Fort Sheridan training school last week and was taken down with Spanish influenza. Pneumonia followed, death resulting late yesterday afternoon. Lieutenant Dunham was born in Oakville, Iowa, September 27, 1899. He graduated from the Macon high school, Macon, Missouri, in the spring of 1916. In June, 1918, he completed two years of chemical engineering at the State University of Iowa. On June third, he entered Officers Training camp at Fort Sheridan and at the end of three months received his commission as second lieutenant. He was assigned as special bayonet instructor at the university of Ann Arbor, Michigan, while still in his eighteenth year. Spanish influenza claimed him for a victim on Sept. 18 and he was immediately removed to the army hospital, where he remained five days, after which he was dismissed from the hospital. The same morning he started for home, and arrived in Iowa City at midnight still feeling the effects of his illness. When he was home two days, the influenza developed into pleural pneumonia which caused his death October 2. A military funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Methodist church at four o'clock. Rev. Ira J. Houston will officiate.

He leaves a mother and sister, Ursula, of Iowa City who intended to accompany him to Ann Arbor, to mourn his absence and also his father E.I. Dunham of Monte Vista, Colorado who has been with him since his illness. Lieutenant Dunham is a young man well beloved by a large circle of friends, and by his uprightness, has proven himself well worthy of their esteem. His loss will be mourned by a great number of friends.

~Iowa City Citizen, October 3, 1918


-transcribed and Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall for Iowa in the Great War
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