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Ralph Waldo Emerson DUNHAM

Male 1894 - 1970  (75 years)


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  • Name Ralph Waldo Emerson DUNHAM 
    Born 24 Dec 1894  Argonia, Sumner County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Oct 1970  Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Resthaven Gardens of Memory, aka Resthaven Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, 2009 Ed., Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009, pp. 206-214.

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham
      Birth: Dec. 24, 1894, Argonia, Sumner County, Kansas, USA
      Death: Oct. 4, 1970, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA

      RALPH WALDO EMERSON DUNHAM
      'If you love your kids, they feel it'

      September 9, 2007
      BY SCOTT FORNEK Political Editor (Chicago Sun-Times)

      He was named for one of America's greatest poets and essayists, but Barack Obama's great-grandfather Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham never cared for his name.

      "He really didn't like it that much," said Virginia Goeldner, 72, one of Dunham's daughters. "It embarrassed him."

      Dunham was an outdoorsman who liked to fish and hunt. He raised German shepherds for shows. But he had a tender side.

      "He was a very soft and gentle person, a very soft, sensitive type fellow," Goeldner said. "He told me once: If a dad has to tell their kids whether he loves them or not, he's not doing his job right.

      "He said, 'If you love your kids, they feel it.' "

      Goeldner's mother was Dunham's second wife. His first wife - Obama's great-grandmother - took her own life in 1926. Obama's grandfather, then just 8, found her body. After his wife's suicide, Dunham sent his two sons to live with his mother- and father-in-law.

      Dunham was born in Kansas on Christmas Day, 1894.

      "I can remember Daddy talking about going hunting with his brothers, and Grandma would cook it," Goeldner said. "She would cook rabbits or the stuff they shot."

      Like most of his family, Dunham worked in the aircraft industry in Wichita, Kansas, which touted itself as "The Air Capital of the World" in the early 20th century.

      Dunham worked in the tooling department of Boeing Aircraft Co.

      "He never laid a hand on any of his kids," said Goeldner. "It wasn't like he would tell you what you should do. You did what you knew he wanted you to do just to make him pleased."

      Children are:

      By Ruth Lucille Armour

      1. Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Jr (1916- )
      2. Stanley Armour Dunham (1918-1992)

      By Martha Mae Stonehouse

      3. Eleanor Belle Dunham Berkebile (1932-2003)
      4. Virginia May Dunham Goeldner (1935- )

      Family links: Parents: Jacob William Dunham (1863 - 1930), Mary Ann Kearney Dunham (1869 - 1936); Children: Stanley Armour Dunham (1918 - 1992), Eleanor Belle Dunham Berkebile (1932 - 2003); Spouses: Ruth Lucille Armour Dunham (1900 - 1926), Martha Mae Stonehouse Dunham (1910 - 1972).

      Burial: Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
      Plot: Space: 3-C-2 Section: Garden of the Good Shepherd

      Created by: 8120
      Record added: Jan 05, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 32649741
    Person ID I23418  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 

    Father Jacob William DUNHAM,   b. 7 Feb 1863, Kempton, Tipton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1930, Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Ann KEARNEY,   b. 18 Sep 1869, Tipton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1936, Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Mar 1887  KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ruth Lucille ARMOUR,   b. 1 Sep 1900, Plymouth, Hancock County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1926, Topeka, Shawnee County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 3 Oct 1915  Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Stanley Armour DUNHAM,   b. 23 Mar 1918, Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1992, Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 17:10:02 
    Family ID F10331  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Marthamae STONEHOUSE,   b. 22 Dec 1910,   d. 17 Jul 1972, Hutchinson, Reno County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 17:10:02 
    Family ID F10446  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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