Patrick Joseph Dunne, Third Son

Pat was the third son, born 12 Feb 1900. In 1911, according to the census, he was living with his brother John and sister Bridget (no parents!) at the new and second family house in Cooloo.

Like his older brothers John and Michael, he did his share of coal mining in England. But unlike his brothers, did not become a landholder.

At the age of 28, he emigrated to St. Louis, Missouri, on the SS President Roosevelt (4-11 May 1928), with his first cousin John Coughlin. On the ship’s manifest he is described as 5’10” with fair hair and complexion and blue eyes. The cousins were listed as “farm labourers.”

Ship manifest
Steamship President Roosevelt

In St. Louis, Pat and John were greet by the Dunne sisters and their families: Helen and Ernest Price, with their son Bill; Bridget and Walter Price, with their sons Jack, Walter, and Bill; and Katie and Maggie Dunne, both working as domestics for Minnie Johnson. Their widowed uncles Pat Martin (living in Boston) and Pete Martin (living in Elyria, Ohio) traveled cross-country to greet them too. (Or, who knows, maybe the uncles rode on the train with the “boys.”).

Men, L-R: John Coughlin, Pat Martin, Pat Dunne, Walter Price, Pete Dunne. Boys L-R: Walter, Bill, and Jack Price

The 1930 census finds him living with his sister Helen Price’s family and unemployed. He soon got a job as a “laborer,” according to the 1931 City Directory.

St Louis City Directory, 1931

According to the 1940 Census, he continued to live with Helen and Ern Price. He worked as a laborer for Laclede Gas; in 1939, he worked 52 weeks and earned $1245. Over his lifetime he worked in a variety of jobs, from grave-digger to parking lot attendant.

He was among the older cohort of men called to duty during World War II. Prior to being called up, he worked with his brothers-in-law Walter and Tab Price at the Weldon Springs TNT plant.

Selective Service Registration Card, 1942

According to his Army Enlistment Record, he served as a Private within the Warrant Officers where his civil occupation was categorized as “Semiskilled linemen and serviceman, telegraph, telephone, and power.” He liked to joke about how briefly he served: 4 months, from 10 Nov 1942 to 13 Mar 1943.

On 7 Apr 1951, he married the widow Mary Bauer (nee Burke) (1911-1973), an immigrant from Roscommon, Ireland.

Marriage license application, 1951
Wedding day for Mary Burke Bauer and Patrick Dunne
L-R: Mary Stephens Barry, Pat Dunne, Mary Dunne, Bill Price

They had no children.  A farmer at heart, he always kept a large vegetable garden.

He returned to Ireland on at least one occasions, here in 1959, traveling with his eldest sister Helen and his wife Mary:

Siblings, L-R: Pat Dunne, Katie Dunne Collins, Michael Dunne, Helen Dunne Price, Mary Dunne Stephens
Mary and Pat Dunne in front. Standing L-R: Katie Collins, Michael Dunne, Ellen Stephens, James Stephens, Helen Price, Mary Stephens

Sadly, Pat lost his dear Mary just before Christmas, 1973.

Death notice: Mary Dunne

A bachelor once more, Patrick Dunne passed away on 2 May 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Death notice

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