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Murder and Suicide ~ George Godfrey and Frank Dungan ~ Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: October 18, 2004 at 22:34:31
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The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, August 15, 1907

The people of Chariton were shocked to hear of the tragedy in Ottumwa, where a former well known citizen of Chariton, shot and killed his aged father-in-law and then took his own life. A report from Ottumwa says that GEORGE GODFREY, an aged resident of that place, was fatally shot by FRANK DUNGAN, who then turned the weapon on himself. He at one time was very wealthy but it is said recent business failures had reduced his holdings until they were but mere fractions of what they formerly were.

For several years FRANK DUNGAN was a resident of Chariton and at one time was Mayor of Ottumwa. His wife, MRS. NELLIE DUNGAN, says the rash act was the result of temporary insanity -- that when he was in the west, several years since, he sustained a sun stroke from which he never recovered. It is known that he and GODFREY were on good terms.

FRANK DUNGAN is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Beaver County, July 30, 1848. He came to Iowa in 1856 and located in Knoxville, where his father was engaged in the milling business several years.

His career was somewhat remarkable At the age of fifteen years he entered a grocery store in Chariton under O.L. Palmer and applied himself strictly to the business until he was of age, at which time he was admitted into the firm.

In 1872 he moved to Ottumwa and went from here to California with the intention of making his home there. He was dissatisfied with the west, however, and returned to Ottumwa, accepting a position as traveling salesman for the old firm of Lawrence & Garner.

He later purchased the interests of Mr. Garner and the firm continued in business for several years. In 1883 he was connected with the Manning, Cushing Company, boot and shoe dealers, and two years later, he was elected Mayor of Ottumwa to serve the ensuing year. It is said he filled the position with great discretion and ability.

From that time on MR. DUNGAN has been engaged in a number of enterprises, for the past several years dealing some in real estate.

He was married to MISS NELLIE GODFREY in May, 1872. To this union one child was born, MRS. GEORGE MACDONALD of this city, who, with the widow now are the only immediate members of his family.

Three brothers and one sister are left to mourn his untimely end. They are EDWIN of Ottumwa, WILLIAM of New York, HORACE of South Dakota, and MRS. CHANNING SMITH of Chariton.


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October 18, 2004

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