Dr. Dunn 2

Dr. James Peter Hampston (J.P.H.) Dunn (June 11, 1860 – August 13, 1908) was the city physician and health officer in 1891, 1892, 1898 and 1899. 2

Dr. Dunn married Catherine "Kate" Chabot (Dunn), daughter of Remi Chabot, and niece of Anthony Chabot, in 1902. They had two daughters, Catherine Dunn and Alice Dunn.

1892-1893 directory 1

Dunn liked horses, and c.1894 owned two racehorses, King Orry and Hailstorm. 4 This photo from OMCA shows Dr. Dunn in the buggy drawn by the horses. On the back it says "Hospital, 10th-11th, Health Officer, back of or across street from Chabot house on 11th & Madison, Dr. James Peter Hampston Dunn, ca. 1880, fine trotters" 3 The photogapher, F.O. Haussler had a studio nearby.

H26.2734A - OMCA 3

Death and Burial

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Sadly, Dr. Dunn died on August 13, 1908, after being thrown from a horse. He was riding home from a professional call in Claremont, and his horse was startled by a car near Telegraph and 31st Street, and Dunn was thrown and hit his head on the pavement. The passengers and crew of a nearby streetcar saw the accident, and took Dr. Dunn to the nearby East Bay Sanitorium. Surgeons attempted to save his life, but were unsuccessful. 2 His remains were interred in the family mausoleum in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Links and References

  1. Husted's 1892-1893 Oakland directory
  2. Dr. J. P. H. Dunn Killed Oakland Tribune August 14, 1908 (p2)
  3. H26.2734A Oakland Museum of California collections
  4. Riders at the Show San Francisco Chronicle December 1, 1894