Dunbar, C. F., House - Wausau, WI
N 44° 57.840 W 089° 36.945
16T E 293709 N 4982280
Quick Description: C. F. Dunbar founded the C. F. Dunbar & Co. which made jewelry and bicycles in Wausau. His house is located at 929 McIndoe St.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 9/24/2007 5:40:36 AM
Waymark Code: WM28WH
This is another of the many houses in Wausau that was designed by architect Alexander Eschweiler.
From the book Wausau in 1900 (pg. 114):
"Charles F. Dunbar was born in Belchertown, Mass., October 8, 1845, where he attended public schools. He resided on a farm until fourteen years of age, then went to Amherst Mass., and learned the jewelry trade. He worked for a time at his trade in hartford, Conn., then went to Springfield in 1860 and worked during the war in the U.S. armory there. In 1868 he came to Wisconsin and conducted a jewelry store at Hudson for four years, then was located in the same business at Menasha for two years, then came to Wausau in March, 1874. He first opened a jewelry store in one of the rooms under the old Music Hall. He occupied various locations for several years and finally located at his present stand on Third street, where so extensive a business has been established that the name of C.F. Dunbar & Co. is familiar to all in the Wisconsin River valley. Besides the jewelry business this firm has a special bicycle department which is located near the east side fire department and where a complete line of standard makes of wheels and bicycle repairs and supplies are kept.
Socially, Mr. Dunbar is a F. & A. M., R. A. M., K. T., Knight of Pythias, I. O. O. F. and B. P. O. E. He is in no sense an active politician, yet he has responded to the call of his fellow citizens and served as a member of the city council.
He was married November 26, 1876, to Miss Letitia, daughter of Charles A. and Elizabeth Single, and to them four children have been born. Of these, two daughters survive, Nellie A., aged eighteen years, and Margaret, aged sixteen years. The former is now attending Vassar College and Miss Margaret will enter the same school next year. Two sons, Roy and Charles, the eldest and youngest of the children are dead. Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar have a splendid home at the corner of Fifth and Franklin streets."