I received the following inquiry from Ms. Tina Dunn. I thought someone else
might have some answers for her. Her e-mail address is tdunn(a)guideposts.org
Dear Ms. Cox,
My great grandfather, Elmer E. Dunn, was a law student, working for Robert H.
Latta, Esq in Denver CO. in 1892 and possibly for a period of time before and
after that date.
It is known that he was married for a short time (prior to his marriage to my
great grandmother in 1904) to a young lady who family oral history states
died a short few years thereafter possibly of an illness. I do not know the
identity of this lady.
I have wondered if perhaps this first wife was a daughter or other relative
of Robert H. Latta's ? It seemed a reasonable explanation for why a mountain
miner would begin to study law - because his father-in-law gave him the job ?
In 1898, Elmer E. Dunn wrote a letter to then Asst. Secy of the Navy, Teddy
Roosevelt, asking to be relieved of duty in the Spanish American War to stay
home and care for his ill father - as evidence of prior accumulated service to
country, Elmer pointed out that in addition to his own prior service and that
of his forefathers that the family of his wife had served the country since the
revolution which seems to fit in with the Latta family history.
I was wondering if you had ever run across Elmer E. Dunn in your research or
in any of Robert H. Latta's notes and if you had any idea if a Latta lady had
married a Dunn probably in Colorado between 1880 and 1902 or so.
I appreciate any info you may be willing to share,