Orie Thomas Dunlap

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Orie Thomas Dunlap

Birthplace: St. Louis, Pottawatomie, OK, United States
Death: November 06, 1954 (78)
Edwardsville, Madison, IL, United States
Place of Burial: Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hunter Dunlap and Martha Emily(Emma) Dunlap
Husband of Clara Dunlap
Father of Ora Jane Coultas
Brother of William Shepherd Dunlap; Cora Emma Hodgdon and John Alexander Dunlap

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About Orie Thomas Dunlap

Obituary from the Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, Monday, November 22, 1954, page 2:

 Orie T. "Major" Dunlap, 78, president of Madison Construction company and founder of the Dunlap Lake subdivision, died Sunday at 4:45 p.m. in St. Joseph hospital, Highland, where he had been a patient for the past two months.
 Born Sept. 6, 1876 in St. Louis, he was the son of the late John Hunter and Martha Moore Dunlap. He received his formal education in St. Louis and was graduated in 1895 from the Washington University Manual Training school.
 A veteran of the Spanish-American War, he served with the U.S. Army's 16th Infantry and was wounded in a charge of San Juan Hill. He also was a veteran of World War I, entering the service with the rank of captain and serving with the 108th Engineers. He later served in France with the 518th Engineers. Before leaving the States, he was promoted to the rank of Major, a title which clung to him in civilian life. At the time of his World War I discharge he was a lieutenant colonel, and became a full colonel while serving as a reserve officer.
 He married the former Miss Clara Bockstruck on March 1, 1900 in St. Louis and the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary four years ago at their home in Edwardsville, located at 1115 St. Louis street.
 He came to Edwardsville in 1903 where he was an employee of the St. Louis Press Brick Co. and supervised construction of the brickyard known as the Banner Clay Works and later the Alton Brick Co.
 About a year later he started in business as a contractor, operating as the O.T. Dunlap Construction Co. He subsequently became associated with Jack Dippold of Edwardsville, forming the company of Dunlap & Dippold. This concern operated extensively on large contracts in Southern Illinois.
 After receiving his discharge from World War I, he organized the Madison Construction company here and became its president, an office which he held at the time of his death. Under his supervision the firm became on of the largest of its kind in Illinois.
 In his early years as a contractor he realized the need for a contractors association. In 1907 he helped to organize and was a charter member of an Association of Illinois Contractors, serving as its first secretary. This association formed the nucleus for the present Association of General Contractors of Illinois, which has become a national institution.
 "Major" Dunlap was very active in local civic affairs, and in 1941 he constructed a lake and subdivision now known as the Dunlap Lake subdivision located just east of Edwardsville. In the same year he financed the erection of the Edwardsville Gun club in which his son, Robert B. Dunlap, now is serving as vice-president.
 He was a member of St. John's Methodist church, Edwardsville, Lodge 99, A.F. & A.M., the Mississippi Valley Consistory, the Shrine in East St. Louis, Knights of Pythias, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was an organizer and charter member of Edwardsville American Legion Post 199. Prior to World War I, he also served on the Edwardsville Board of Education.
 Surviving besides his widow and son are two daughters, Mrs. Vincent (Jane) Hotz, Edwardsville, Mrs. Blake (Helen) Williams of San Antonio, Tex., nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One brother, John Dunlap of Chicago and a sister, Mrs. Clara Hodgdon of Webster Groves, Mo., also survive. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Edward Dunlap.
 Friends may call at the Weber funeral home after 7 p.m. Monday. Final rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home by the Rev. Clyde M. Funkhouser, pastor of St. John's Methodist church. Burial will be in Valley View cemetery. Masonic services will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. 
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Orie Thomas Dunlap's Timeline

September 6, 1876
St. Louis, Pottawatomie, OK, United States
November 6, 1954
Age 78
Edwardsville, Madison, IL, United States
Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, United States