Alvah Alonzo Bunnell
Alvah Alonzo Bunnell, son of Eli Bunnell and Mary Ann Phebe Caulder, was born on 08 Aug 1854 in Columbia County, Florida, and died on 21 Mar 1944 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He was married on 14 Oct 1877 in Putnam CO, FL to Susan Cynthia Godwin, daughter of Messer Marion Godwin and Jemima A. McDonald. Susan was born on 24 Feb 1857 in Florida or Georgia, died 10 Sep 1931, Miami, Dade County, Florida. Both are buried at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery (Section B, Eastside), Miami, Dade County, Florida.
Sometime before 18 Jun 1880, when the 1880 US Census was taken, and in which his occupation was listed as farmer, he moved his family from Columbia County, Florida to Espanola in present-day Flagler County to homestead and he proved up on his claim on 24 Sep 1890. He moved to Bunnell sometime after 07 Apr 1890, between the time his son Gus was born in Espanola and 05 Jul 1895 when his son Emmet Peas Bunnell was born in Bunnell.
Official records of the U. S. Postal Service show that Alvah A. Bunnell was appointed as postmaster for Bunnell on 05 Oct 1892.
In the US Federal census taken for Bunnell, Precinct 7, St. Johns County, Florida on 16 Jan 1900, his occupation is listed as Mfr, lumber and singles.
In the minutes of the Board of Public Instruction of St. Johns County of 27 June 1894 was found, "Petition from Bunnell asking the establishing of a school." Then in Sept 1894 was found, "Miss Mary Lund was assigned to Bunnell."
Again on 26 Jan 1897 and on 24 Feb 1897 requests from Mrs. Bunnell for a school were reported in the Board Minutes. In a letter of Oct 1897, Mrs. Bunnell stated there were fourteen children of school age. A school at Bunnell Stop was mentioned in the minutes of June, Aug and Oct of 1898. Rural schools would often only operate for a few months, some as little as three months and would close if the enrollment fell.
In November 1901, according to a story in The Daytona Gazette-News, he completed construction of a saw mill about a mile north of the Daytona city limits (present-day Holly Hill) and on 09 Nov 1901 he set the machinery in motion. The building was 25 by 110 feet and had a capacity of 8,000 feet of lumber per day. Following construction of his saw mill, Alvah built a 50 by 75 foot planning mill next to same which opened in Apr 1902.
The mill had a dock for his steam tug Leo which he used to haul timber from the Tomoka River to his saw mill.
Alvah his wife, eight sons and two daughters moved to Miami in May 1905 into a home he had purchased on the Curry place.
In the summer of 1906, Alvah purchased the interest of a Mr. Amason in the Miami Real Estate firm of Carroll & Amason. In November 1906 he went into the machine shop business with a Mr. W. A. Lofton where, in addition to running the shop, they were agents for Reo Automobiles and Auto Supplies. He bought out Mr. Lofton’s interest in the business the following month.
In the 1910 United States Federal Census of North Miami, Dade County, Florida his occupation is given as manager, cigar factory; sons Gilbert and Gus were mechanics in a garage and son Emmett was a salesman in an auto store. The Bunnell Brothers Cigar Factory and Store was located on 509 Cordova Street and in Nov 1909, they were manufacturing 5,000 cigars a week.
Alva also served as a policeman and sanitary engineer for the city of Miami. Issue;
1. Messer Alonzo Bunnell was born on 08 Feb 1879 in St Johns now Flagler County, Florida and died on 17 Apr 1963 in the Mountain Sanitarium and Hospital, Fletcher, Henderson County, North Carolina. He was buried in the Old Johnsonville Cemetery, Florence County, South Carolina. Alonzo married Winifred E. (Winnie) Hunter, daughter of James Auldridge Hunter and Ruth Raulerson who was born on 02 Mar 1883 in Espanola, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida and died on 12 Feb 1958 in the Flagler Clinic and Hospital, Bunnell, Flagler County, Florida (Divorced).
On his World War I Draft Registration Card dated 12 Sep 1918, he is shown living in Okeechobee County, Florida with his occupation listed as "operator, steam boat." He listed his next of kin as Edith Janie Bunnell, also of Okeechobee County, Florida. In the 1920 Census, he is still in Okeechobee County, Florida with his occupation listed as "engineer, steam boat."
Messer Alonzo Bunnell married 2nd Edith Jane Prosser, daughter of William Prosser and Ellen (LNU), who was born about 1878 in England and who died in 1938 in Dade County, Florida. She is buried in Lake Helen Cemetery, Cassadaga, Volusia County, Florida.
Messer Alonzo Bunnell married 3rd on 08 Sep 1940 in Miami, Dade County, Florida, Thelma L. Perry, who was born on 16 Jul 1892 in South Carolina and who died on 05 Oct 1995 in DeKalb County, Georgia (Divorced)
Messer Alonzo Bunnell married 4th Elma Poston as his obituary says that he was survived by his widow Elma Poston Bunnell, one daughter, one grandson, two brothers, two sisters and one step-daughter.
His first wife, Winnie Hunter Bunnell married 2nd Harry F. Conley. She is buried in Espanola Cemetery, Espanola, Flagler CO, FL. See sketch on James Auldridge Hunter for additional information on this family.
2. Mary Augusta Bunnell was born on 04 Feb 1881 in southern St Johns County, Florida near the Matanzas River and died on 19 Apr 1979 in DeKalb County, Georgia. She married Jesse Franklin Vann, son of William Henry Vann and Mary Martha Frink who was born on 03 Nov 1880 in Columbus County, North Carolina and who died in May 1959 in Dade County, Florida. Jesse was a salesman. In 1910 the family was in Tampa, FL, in 1920, they were in Kenmore, NY and in 1930, they were in Miami, FL, afterwards moving to Tucker, GA. Both are buried in Miami Memorial Park, Miami, Dade CO, FL. Issue:
(1) Mary Cynthia Vann was born on 13 Sep 1909 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, and died on 23 Oct 1953 in Tucker, DeKalb County, Georgia and is buried in Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, Miami, Dade County, Florida. She was an attorney and married Ralph Ernest Racey, son of Charles Henry and Mary L. Racey, on 28 Jul 1939 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Ralph was born on 18 Aug 1890 in New York and was previously married to Nellie Fargason.
(2) Lloyd Frank Vann was born on 26 Jun 1911, in Florida and died on 02 Jul 1988 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and was buried in Miami Memorial Park, Miami, Dade County, Florida. On 22 May 1934 in Dade County, Florida he married Carolyn Sue Dorothy, daughter of Charles L. Dorothy and Caroline Matilda Dykes. Carolyn was born on 05 Nov 1908 in Florida and died in May 1981 in Seneca, Oconee County South Carolina. They were divorced in Miami, Dade County, Florida on 5 Oct 1976.
(3) Alvah Edison Vann was born on 11 Jul 1914 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida and died on 04 Apr 1997, Fulton County, Georgia. He married on 13 Aug 1939 in Pasco County, Florida, Horacetine Simms, daughter of Horace Allen Simms and Sarah Lucretia Taylor who was born on 11 Aug 1920 in Books County, Georgia near Quitman and who died on 24 Jan 2012 in Georgia. Both are buried in Melwood Cemetery, Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia. Issue: They had four children, all born in Florida
3. Luther Elethere (Eliphs) Bunnell was born on 29 Oct 1882 in southern St Johns County, Florida near the Matanzas River and died on 04 Aug 1952 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married Ada Mae Lee, daughter of William Washington Lee and Darmer Elizabeth Mitchell who was born on 06 Oct 1887 in New Smyrna, Volusia County, Florida and who died on 20 Apr 1974 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Both are buried in Miami Memorial Park, Miami, Dade County, Florida.
Luther moved to Miami from Bunnell after the turn of the century. He owned the dredge that dug the first canal in Miami Beach. Later he was supervisor of the Miami Police Department garage for 17 years. Upon retirement, he took a job with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission which he left in 1949. Issue:
(1) Luther Gifford Bunnell was born on 08 Mar 1909 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 01 Jun 1993 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married on 18 Jan 1934 in Miami, Dade County, Florida, Gladys Wynne Corbett, daughter of Amos Wooten Corbett and Susie Adele Middleton. She was born in Florida on 09 Jun 1909 and died on 17 Mar 1988 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Issue;
A. Martha Lynn Bunnell was born on 17 Jan 1935 in Florida and married David Dennis Parker, son of Lynwood T Parker and Elizabeth Carmolite Dunn. He was born on 20 Jun 1934 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida and died on 10 Oct 2007 in Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Issue:
a. Lesley Lynn Parker, born 09 Nov 1958
b. Melissa Ann Parker, born 03 Nov 1960
c. John David Parker, born 11 Mar 1965
(2) Mary Elizabeth Bunnell was born about 1912 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She married on 20 Jul 1931 in Dade County, Florida, Cecil Alton Peacock, son of Tavanier W. Peacock and Cora E. Fisher who was born on 29 Aug 1909 in Florida and who died on 10 May 1983 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He was a real estate salesman. Issue;
A. Cecil Alton Peacock, Jr., was born on 07 Nov 1936 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 24 Oct 1986 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He was buried in Miami Memorial Park, Miami, Dade County, Florida. Cecil married Llwana Jean Flora, in Jan 1960, Hillsborough CO, FL. They were divorced in Dade County, Florida on 08 Jan 1982.
Cecil Alton Peacock, Jr. married 2nd on 23 Nov 1983 in Miami, Dade CO, FL, Eileen Ann Shirley (Divorced)
B. Gary Allan Peacock was born on 13 Feb 1944 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married in July 1964 in Dade County Florida Linda Karoly Tower who was born on 12 Jun 1945 (Divorced).
(3) Virginia Lee Bunnell was born on 20 Sep 191 in, Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 07 Mar 2000 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She married on19 Sep 1942 in Dade County, Florida Ingle Herbert Schwartz who was born on 25 Dec 1909 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland and who died on 17 Oct 1997 in Dade County, Florida.
4. George Eli Bunnell was born on 17 Aug 1884 in southern St. Johns County, Florida near Pellicer Creek and died on 16 Sep 1934 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. George married on 17 Aug 1912 in New York, Una Lillian Parce, daughter of Fred Eugene Parce and Lola Etta Crocker who was born on 21 Feb 1890 in Binghamton, Broome County, New York and who died in Jan 1957 in Miami, Dade County, Florida He was a concrete and general contractor in the Dade CO, FL area. Issue:
(1) Freda Henrietta Bunnell was born on 10 Jul 1913 in Miami, Dade CO, Florida and died on 14 Jan 2004 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She married Wesley S. Price on 15 Jan 1931 in Dade County, Florida. They were divorced in 1934 in Dade County, Florida
Freda H. Bunnell married on 06 Jan 1934 in Fernandina, Nassau County, Florida, Leon Eldred Leroy, son of Edward Francis Leroy and Elizabeth Fultz. Leon was born on 28 Nov 1898 in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts and died on 04 Mar 1958 in Miami, Dade CO, FL.. Issue;
A. Una Elizabeth Leroy was born on 31 Jan 1935 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 11 May 2005 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She married in 07 Aug 1954 in Dade County, Florida, John Russell Wood who was born on in Miami on 14 Jul 1932 and was the son of William E. and Ruth Cowan Wood.
B. Leon Eldred Leroy, Jr. was born on 29 Mar 1936 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 08 Oct 2019. He married Margaret Susan Garret on 23 Apr 1955. Issue;
(a) Wendy Carol Leroy was born on 21 Oct 1956 married on 01 Feb 1975 in Broward CO, FL, Anthoy Ray Gee
(b) Joy Susan Leroy was born on 10 Mar 1958
(c) Leon Edward Leroy was born on 29 Sep 1961 married Nancy LNU
(d) Lawrence Leroy was born in Oct 1969 married Shelly LNU
C. Freda Henrietta Leroy was born on 24 Oct 1937 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 24 Jan 1978 in Nashua, Hillsborough CO, New Hampshire. She married David Thomas Fox, son of Calvin C.Fox and Edna Mae Thomap on 27 Jun 1959 in Tarboux Methodist Church, Miami, Dade CO, Florida. He was born on 31 Oct 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts.
(a) Pamela Suzanne Fox was born on 05 Sep 1960 in Winchester, Middlesex CO, MA. On 12 Jun 1982 in the First Congregational Church, Milford, Hillsborough CO, NH she married Thomas Whipple Condon, son of John Condon and Nanette Foss who was born on 03 Apr 1960 in Rutland, Rutland CO, VT. Issue;
i. Kristin Nicole Condon was born on 04 Jan 1986 in Nashua, Hillsborough CO, NH
ii. John Thomas Condon was born 08 Jul 1986 in Nashua, Hillsborough CO, NH
(b) Sharon Fox was born and died on 18 Apr 1965 in Nashua, Hillsborough CO, NH
(c) Gregory David Fox was born on 26 Apr 1966 in Nashua, Hillsborough CO. NH. He married Sheila Grace West, daughter of Roy Devone West and Ellen Hughes on 14 Jun 1997 in Black Mountain, Buncombe CO, NC. She was born on 03 Oct 1967. Issue;
i. Aidan Benjamin Fox was born on 19 May 1999 in Columbus, OH
(d) Amy Deanna Fox was born on 05 Nov 1970 in Nashua, Hillsborough CO, NH. On 30 Dec 1995 in the Espiscopal Church, Nashua, Hillsborough CO, NH she married David Day-Lewis.
D. Lola Leona Leroy was born on 30 Sep 1939 in Miami, Dade CO, Florida and died on 21 Sep 2019 in Gainesville, Alachua CO, FL. She married on 30 May 1958, Harry Gerritt Wegerif, son of Gerritt Harry Wegerif & Martje "Martha" Lemstra, who was born on 29 Oct 1936 in Jersey City, Hudson CO, NJ and who died on 26 Nov 2007 in Palm Bay, Brevard CO, FL. They were divorced on 26 Oct 1972 in Broward CO, FL. Issue:
(a) Linda Leona Wegerif was born on 23 May 1961 in Miami, Dade CO, FL. She married Gregory Allen Ginn, born 29 Jun 1961, on 26 Jul 1980 in Alachua CO, FL.
(b) Elizabeth Ann Wegerif was born on 13 Jul 1964 in Miami, Dade CO, FL. She married Dale Arthur Reed, born 23 Jun 1963, on 17 Oct 1987 in Alachua, CO, FL.
Lola married second on 06 Sep 1974 in Broward CO, FL John Joseph Reehil, born 08 Aug 1924, Cleveland, Cuyahoga CO, OH, died 19 Aug 2010, Gainesville, Alachua CO, FL. They were divorced on 01 Nov 1985 in Alachua CO, FL
Lola married third on 21 Jan 1989 in Alachua CO, FL, Mark Thomas Shelton
E. Susan Lillian Leroy was born on 25 Oct 1942 in Miami, Dade CO, FL. She marriied Frederick Francis "Ted" Parkhurst, Jr., on 27 Dec 1960 in Robeson CO, NC. Ted was born on 26 May 1941 in Newport, Newport CO, Rhode Island and died on 26 Feb 2013 in Palm Springs North, Florida. He is buried in the Woodland Park Cemetery North, Miami, Dade CO, FL. Issue:
(a) Evelyn Gail Parkhursh was born on 09 Aug 1961. She married on 17 Dec 1983 in Brevard CO, FL, Gordon Hagan Morrison, son of Hagan Scott Morrison & Harriet Baleja. Gordon was born on 06 Jul 1959 in Kleberg CO, TX. Issue;
i. Christopher Gordon Morrison was born on 08 Jun 1994
(b) John Bunnell Parkhurst was born on 15 Jan 1969. He married Sophia Lazarus who was born on 30 Jan 1962. Issue;
i. Shane Akil Parkhurst was born on 12 Oct 1995
John Bunnell Parkhurst married second Joan Patricia Mcray on 11 Aug 1999 in Miami, Dade CO, FL.
(2) George Alva Bunnell was born on 02 Aug 1914 in Binghamton, Broome County, New York and died on 07 Nov 1997 in Miami Dade County, Florida. He was married to Lillian Elizabeth Hurley, daughter of George S. Hurley and Leona Caldwell, who was born in Georgia on 02 Mary 1907 and who died on 17 Aug 1955 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He was a contractor in marine construction. Issue;
A. George Bunnell who was born around 1938 in Miami, Dade County, Florida.
5. Theodore Curry Bunnell was born on 25 May 1886 in southern St. Johns County, Florida near Pellicer Creek and died on 06 Apr 1942 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married on 29 Jun 1921 in Broward County, Florida, Anna C. Lundbloom who was born about 1894 in New York. He was a boat engineer in Miami, Dade County, Florida.
6. Gilbert Alvah Bunnell was born 04 Mar 1888 in southern St. Johns County, Florida near Pellicer Creek, St Johns County, Florida and died on 13 Dec 1934 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married around 1919 Ethel M. (LNU) who was born about 1902 in Florida.
Gilbert married 2nd on 12 Oct 1926 in Broward County, Florida, Annie R. Richards, daughter of George M. and Minnie L. Richards who was born in May 1896 in Georgia and who died in Nov 1966 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Issue;
(1) Gilberta Cynthia Bunnell was born on 19 Apr 1925 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 28 Mar 2008 in Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia. She married on 29 Mar 1947 in Miami, Dade County, Florida, Henry E. Brown, Jr., who was born on 16 Nov 1922 and who died on 31 Aug 2003 in Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia.
Annie Richard’s first marriage was to Edward M. Jones. They had two children, Thomas Edward Jones and Elizabeth Jones.
7. Gus McDonald (Gussie) Bunnell was born on 07 Apr 1890 in Espanola, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida, died on 22 Apr 1938 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and was buried in Miami Memorial Park. He married Emma Ragan, daughter of Wesley Jackson Ragan and Rachel Winifred Harper who was born on 24 Nov 1898 in Brantley, Brevard County, Florida and who died on 15 Oct 1987 in Brevard County, Florida (divorced). Gus was a steam engineer. Issue;
(1) Donald Ragan Bunnell was born on 25 Oct 1916 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 06 May 1979 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Donald served in the U S Army in WW II,
8. Susie Angeline Bunnell was born on 23 Dec 1892 in Espanola, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida, died on 18 Mar 1977 in New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida and was buried Miami Memorial Cemetery, Miami, Dade CO, Florida. She married about 1920, Elmer Herbert Hall who was born on 27 Jul 1898 in Florida and who died on 29 Nov 1993 in Volusia County, Florida. Elmer was a dispatcher for the railroad. Issue;
(1) Thelma Angeline Hall was born on 24 Dec 1921 in Miami, Dade County, Florida, died on 23 Aug 2014 in Big Rock, Kane County, Illinois and was buried in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Memorial Gardens, New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida. She moved with her family to New Smyrna in 1922 and resided Dallas before moving to Illinois.
(2) Elmer Herbert Hall, Jr. was born on 19 Feb 1925 in Florida and died on 14 Jul 2008 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Army artillery in World War II and then after receiving a degree in journalism from the University of Miami, worked for newspapers in Texas and Florida before going to work for the Louisville Courier-Journal in 1954.
9. Emmet Peas Bunnell, born 05 Jul 1895, Bunnell Stop, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida, died 14 Oct 1971, Miami, Dade CO, FL, married Thelma A. (LNU) who was born about 1896 in Alabama. He was a mechanic and a veteran of WW I.
10. Otis Way Bunnell was born 05 Apr 1898 at Bunnell Stop, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida and died 27 Apr 1962 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married around 1922, Gertrude Johnson, daughter of Joseph and Susie Johnson who was born on 23 Jun 1900 in Ohio and who died on 01 August 1985 (Divorced 1947). He was a commercial fisherman. Issue;
(1) Frances Lorraine Bunnell was born 24 Mar 1922 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 28 Jan 1966 in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Source: The First Families of Flagler by Mary Ketus Deen Holland who cited as her sources, Census, Public Records and Published Articles.
Other sources used by the compiler were:
1860 United States Federal Census, Lake City, Columbia CO, FL; 1880 United States Federal Census, Precinct 8, St. Johns CO, FL; 1900 United States Federal Census, Bunnell, St Johns CO, FL; 1910 United States Federal Census, North Miami, Dade CO, FL, Tampa, Hillsborough CO, FL; 1920 United States Federal Census; Kenmore, Dist. 334, Erie CO, NY; Miami, Dist. 22, Dade CO, FL, Okeechobee, Okeechobee CO, FL; 1930 United States Federal Census, Lake Helen, Volusia CO, FL, Miami, Dist. 17, Dade CO, FL, Miami, Dist. 59 Dade CO, FL; 1940 United States Census, Miami, Dade CO, FL, Miami Springs, Dade CO, FL, Espanola, Flagler CO, FL, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Dade CO, FL, Miami, Dade CO, FL, Miami Springs, Dade CO, FL
US Appointments of US Postmasters, 1832-1971; US Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010; US General Land Office Records, 1796-1907; US Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; US Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014; US World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; US WW II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
Florida Death Index, 1877-1998; Florida Divorce Indexes, 1927-2001, Florida Divorce Records, 1823-1982; Florida Land Records 1890; 1935 Florida State Census, Precinct 54, Miami, Dade CO, FL; 1945 Florida State Census, Precinct 35, Dade CO, FL
Georgia Deaths, 1919-98; New York County Marriage Records, 1907-1936; North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1976;
St. Johns CO Board of Education Minutes: Jun 1894, Sep 1894, Jan 1897, Feb 1897
Miami City Directories, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1931, 1942
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION, 25 Jan 2012; THE COURIER-JOURNAL, Louisville, KY, 17 Jul 2008; THE DAYTONA BEACH MORNING JOURNAL, 20 Mar 1977; THE FLAGLER TRIBUNE, Bunnell, FL, 13 Feb 1958, 24 Mar 1977; THE FLORENCE MORNING NEWS, 18 Apr 1963; THE MIAMI HERALD, 16 Jan 2004, 14 May 2005
Tom Duncan’s BUNNELL FAMILY NEWS CLIPPING COLLECTION: THE DAYTONA GAZETTE NEWS: 09 Nov 1901, 25 Jan 1902, 22 Feb 1902, 08 Mar 1902, 05 Apr 1902, 11 Oct 1902, 25 Oct 1902, 03 Dec 1903, 13 May 1905, 06 Oct 1906, 29 Dec 1906; THE DAYTONA DAILY NEWS: 22 Jul 1907; THE MIAMI NEWS: 26 Jul 1905, 19 Jan 1906, 03 Nov 1906, 29 Mar 1907, 13 Apr 1909, 05 Jun 1909, 11 Nov 1909, 01 Aug 1910, 31 Jul 1912, 18 Jun 1913, 21 Jul 1913, 28 Jul 1913, 27 Apr 1914, 17 Feb 1915, 08 Nov 1915, 09 Jan 1917, 11 Feb 1919, 21 May 1919, 15 Jul 1920, 01 Jul 1922, 17 Nov 1929, 11 Sep 1931, 14 Sep 1931, 03 Jan 1936, 20 Apr 1938, 22 Apr 1938, 22 Mar 1944
Descendants of Freda Henreitta Bunnell contributed by David Fox of Wilton, NH, 03 Jun 2021
Please send questions, corrections or additions to Sisco Deen, P.O. Box 637, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 or email him at Sisco_Deen@hotmail.com
Updated: 12 Jun 2021
BUNNELL FAMILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
November 9, 1901
Just below his residence, Mr. Bunnell is erecting a grocery store, while directly opposite are the foundations for his new saw mill. Glad to note this good work, Mr. Bunnell. It lends an air of industry to our bustling community.
November 9, 1901
A NEW INDUSTRY
A. A. Bunnell has just completed his new saw mill, which is located about a mile north of the city limits, and today for the first time the machinery was set in motion.
The building is 25 by 110 feet, and in it is installed the most modern machinery. The mill has a capacity of 8,000 feet per day, and will five employment to from fifteen to twenty-five men.
As soon as the machinery in the saw mill is all in place work will be commenced on another building which will be used as a planning mill. The structure to be built will be 50 by 75 feet. When the entire plant is completed Mr. Bunnell will have one of the best equipped mills in the state and will manufacture all kinds of pine and cypress lumber.
On the opposite side of the street from the mill is located a building which will be occupied by a stock of groceries and supplies.
January 25, 1902
HOLLY HILL, Jan. 24 – On Wednesday morning early Mr. Bunnell returned with his steam tug the Leo, having had a rough passage from Jacksonville and was obliged to put in at Matanzas Inlet. The Leo went down the river this morning for a raft.
February 22, 1902
The steam tug, Leo, owned by A. A. Bunnell, the saw-mill man, is busy every day bringing logs up the river to the mill.
March 8, 1902
…… The clerk was ordered to notify A. A. Bunnell to repair and put in good condition the road from Spruce Creek to Savage, which has been cut by the log carts hauling for him. The clerk was ordered to notify the owners of the mill on the river road from Daytona to Ormond to keep full thirty feet of the right of way open and clear at all times for the use of the public ……..
April 5, 1902
TO THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL
Bunnell’s Saw and Planer Mill is now prepared to furnish rough and dressed lumber at short notice; delivered either by land or water. Wood and slabs for sale at all times… A. A. Bunnell, Proprietor.
October 11, 1902
A. A. Bunnell, the enterprising lumberman, will shortly commence extending his dock further out into the river. Fifty feet more will be built out, and a “T” added to the end in order to make a better landing place for the tug, Leo. Mr. Bunnell has also ordered new boilers for the Leo and when they are installed the boat will commence towing rafts from up the Tomoka river.
October 25, 1902
Saw and Planing Mills
are now prepared to furnish all kinds of
ROUGH AND DRESSED PINE
ON VERY SHORT NOTICE.
WE MEET ALL COMPETITION.
December 3, 1903
A. Bunnell and his three sons, Luther. Alonzo and Theodore, returned Saturday evening from a three-days’ hunting trip on Smith’s Creek. The brought back forty ducks.
May 13, 1905
Mr. A. A. Bunnell, of Daytona, has purchased Mr. Amason’s interest in the real estate firm of Carroll & Amason. Mr. Bunnell went up to Daytona last week to bring his family down. They will arrive about next Friday and will at once occupy their home on the Curry place recently purchased by Mr. Bunnell. His charming daughter, Miss Mary Bunnell, is filling her father’s place until his return – Miami News.
THE MIAMI NEWS
July 26, 1905
CARROLL & BUNNELL
Special Price List for July
No 1. 100 feet front, Avenue D, corner lot, one of the best business locations in the city. With five room cottage. $2500
No 2. Two fine vacant lots on Waddell St. Each $175. Easy terms.
No 3. 5 acres Glade truck land, Northwest Miami, 3 miles, price on $100.
No 4. 140 acres of the richest land in the county, 2 miles from Coconut Grove, well improved all around it. Best bargain in Dade County.
6 lots at bargain, on 2nd Street, near the Rev. Fuller’s residence.
To the homeseeker and investor we can prove that we have real bargains in any kind of real estate.
Notary Public, etc.
214 Ave. D. between 2nd and 3rd St.
THE MIAMI NEWS
July 26, 1905
CARROLL & BUNNELL
Special Price List for July
No 1. A new and well built five room cottage on Ave. B between 2nd and 3rd streets. This is a bargain at $1150.
No 2. A fine 10 acre lot for trucking and a home. One mile north of Allapattah school house. Good neighborhood. For $200.
No 3. 2 vacant lots in the Graham addition, well located, price each $250
No 4. A new well built 5 room cottage in Robbins Chillingsworth and Grahams addition to Miami. $800 on easy terms.
C. C. CARROLL
Successor to Carroll & Bunnell
214 Ave. D. between 2nd and 3rd St.
THE MIAMI NEWS
January 19, 1906
Mayor Swell, in a communication, informed the council that he had appointed A. A. Bunnell and C. C. Pierson, regular policemen upon pay from the city, and J. W. Rogers, a special officer for the Royal Palm grounds, he to receive his compensation from the hotel company. The actions of the mayor were approved.
October 6, 1906
F. B. Penor of Daytona, and J. P. Turner of New Smyrna, purchased the Bunnell mill building on the river front here and had it dismantled and the lumber of much of it is being conveyed to New Smyrna.
THE MIAMI NEWS
November 3, 1906
LOFTON & BUNNELL
Agent for the famous Reo Automobiles and Auto Supplies
Go to Lofton & Bunnell for your batteries, spark coils, Apple dynamos, oil cups, brass and iron fittings, shafting, machine work, gas engines, engines installed, gas engines repaired, automobiles repaired.
409 SOUTH RIVER STREET
December 29, 1906
Holly Hill, Dec. 27 – An item in the Daily Miami Metropolis, December 24, states that A. A. Bunnell, formerly of this place, had purchased the interest of his partner, W. A. Lofton, and would hereafter conduct the machine shop himself.
THE MIAMI NEWS
March 29, 1907
A. A. BUNNELL
Carries a complete stock of
Batteries, spark coils, apple dynamos, oil cups, brass and iron fittings, shafting, machine work, gas engines, engines installed, gas engines & automobiles repaired.
409 South River Street, South Side of River
THE DAYTONA DAILY NEWS
July 22, 1907
CAPT. F. A. ROOT
FORMER RESIDENT OF MIAMI WILL BUILD DOCK AND BOAT WORKS AT DAYTONA
The Daytona Gazette News of last week contained the following relative to Capt. F. A. Root, for a long time a resident of Miami, but who, early in the spring moved to Daytona to make his future home;
“F. A. Root has about completed the dismantling of the Bunnell saw mill at Holly Hill, the timbers of which he will use in the construction of docks and ways at his place on the west bank of the river about half way between the North and Central bridges. It is difficult to get heavy timbers even on special order, very often, sand much of the heavy stuff of which the saw mill was constructed is available for Mr. Root’s purpose.
“The property purchased by Mr. Root is mainly marsh land lying between the causeway and the river. This he proposes to fill by means of a centrifugal pump, straightening at the same time his frontage on the river.
“He will build two docks, with a 100 foot slip between extending to deep water and at the end of his slip will construct a set of ways which will accommodate any vessel which can enter these waters, as they will be built to handle the largest boats of his own fleet which are twenty feet beam and between eighty and ninety feet in length.
“Mr. Hood says he had not counted on building ways here when he came down from coast waters, but found it would be necessary in order to look after his own boats, two of which were too large to be handled here.
“Mr. Hood says all the marsh land can be read’ly filled by a suction pump and in course of time it will no doubt be done.”
THE MIAMI NEWS
April 13, 1909
NOTICE TO PUBLIC
Cigar Factory No. 163, previously conducted by Peacon & Company is now owned and conducted by Bunnell Brothers who solicit you patronage. Our cigar will be named:
“THE MIAMI SMOKER”
Phone 215 - 509 Cordora St.
Makers: - “The Miami Smoker.”
THE MIAMI NEWS
June 5, 1909
WARNING TO THE CIGAR SOMKERS OF MIAMI:
You are hereby given notice that there are now being sold in Miami certain cigars under the name of Peacon & Co’s Glazo: that there is no such firm doing business in Miami as Peacon & Company and said cigars are not manufactured by Peacon & Son but instead are manufactured by A. A. Bunnell, who was at one time a member of the firm of Peacon & Company which said co-partnership dissolved about three months ago.
We are not willing to stand sponsor this cigar as we have nothing whatever to do with its manufacture and the makers of same have right to use the name of Peacon & Company in disposing of same.
PEACON & SON
THE MIAMI NEWS
November 11, 1909
MIAMI CIGARS ARE GROWING IN DEMAND ALLTHE WHILE
BUNNELL’S FACTORY IS TURNING OUT LARGE QUANITY OF CIGARS THAT ARE BEING PUT ON THE HOME AND FOREIGN MARKET WITH GREAT SUCCESS – MORE OPERATIVES ARE NEEDED
One of the growing industries of Miami today is the cigar factory of A. A. Bunnell, located on Cordova street, just north of the city limits, where each week day, the five operative now at work manufacture 6,000 cigars a week.
The factory is located in a two story frame building, and is well arranged for the manufacture of cigars. Eight brands of Havana cigars are made by the factory, as follows: Miami Smoker, Bunnell’s Special, Floreta, Venero Chiquito, Royal Palm Panetelas, B. B.’s Favorites and Brush ends.
Foreman Singleton and Mr. Bunnell state that their business is gradually increasing and the home trade is growing wonderfully. More representatives are needed, and Mr. Bunnell is now in communication with several in Key West and Havana. It will soon be necessary to have larger rooms for the operatives and stock. This is a home industry being built up by local patronage, and Mr. Bunnell believes his factory will be one of the largest in the state outside of Key West and Tampa.
THE MIAMI NEWS
August 1, 1910
KEEP A BOX OF CIGARS AT HOME
Did you ever try keeping a box of cigars at home? You’d be surprised what a difference it makes to have a box of fine perfectos ready when friends call unexpectedly.
It warms up the feelings of hospitality and cordiality all around. Gets you closer than anything else could do in the same length of time. And it gives you a fine chance to promote a reputation for generosity and open-heartedness that is becoming of any man. It’s so much better to pass around a box that to deal with the cigars out of your vest pocket one at a time.
Another thing – cigars are cheaper by the box; and, whether you keep them at home or not, you can save money by buying them that way. For sale by all dealers, our brands, “Royal Palm,””Bunnell Bros., Smokers”
THE MIAMI NEWS
July 31, 1912
ANTI-SWEAR ORDINANCE SUSTAINED BY COURT
“Thou shalt not swear.” according to the city code, and S. Albury found that offense of this ordinance is so expensive as to be impractical. Because of his using profane language in reviling a negro, Judge Phillips fined him $6 in the municipal court this morning.
Again the muffler ordinance was supported by Judge Phillips when he fined A. A. Bunnell $5 for running his boat on the Miami river without a soft pedal on his engine. It is said that Mr. Bunnell intends taking an appeal to the circuit court and will make a test case of it.
One colored boy, Shine Mann, was fined $5 or ten days at hard labor for riding his bicycle on the streets of Miami without a bell. Florence Demerritt a colored woman, forfeited a $6 bond for disorderly conduct. A couple of drunks completed the mornings docket.
THE MIAMI NEWS
June 18, 1913
BEACH PARTY WAS FUN FOR CROWD OF YOUNG WOMEN
One of the jolly crowds which went to the beach last night was that of a group of young women, who took their supper over and then enjoyed the moonlight on the sand and on the water coming back.
Those in the crowd were Mesdames A. A. Bunnell, Theo Way, H. L. Walton, Parce and Rachel Pitchford, and Misses Susie Bunnell, Augusta Way, Edna Walton, Edna Cann, Lucy Pitchford and Sue Pitchford.
THE MIAMI NEWS
July 21, 1913
PART RESCUED JUST AS BOAT SANK IN OCEAN
Gasoline Launch Carrying Merry Part of Picnickers Sunday Afternoon Strikes Submerged Piling
Frail Craft Was Kept Afloat Until A. A. Bunnell Reached Scene of Disaster in His Launch by Stuffing Clothing in Jagged Hole Torn in Bottom of the Boat.
Impaled on a sunken piling far out in the bay where the water is unusually deep, a gasoline launch loaded with a merry part of picnickers sank late yesterday afternoon just as the last member of the party was taken from the doomed craft by A.A. Bunnell, city sanitary inspector and his sons. The launch was kep afloat for a half hour by the men and women on board stuffing clothing around the piling protruding through the bottom of the craft, but had help for the threatened picnickers not arrived just when it did it would have been too late, as it was impossible to keep out the water that poured in through the jagged hole in the board, frantic efforts to bail out the craft proving futile.
In the part were Mr. and Mrs. John Staff and child, Mr. and Mrs. Lundberger and child, and one other man two women and several children, names unknown.
Sank Near Bear’s Cut.
The Staff launch was impaled near Bear’s cut, opposite the city of Miami about mid-afternoon, on a piling that barely came to the surface of the water. The launch was going at a good rate of speed and when it ran into the log a huge jagged hole was ripped in the frail bottom of the craft, and the water gushed in with great force. The men in the party immediately stuffed their coats in the hole around the piling, and extra garments of the women were used in an endeavor to build a bulk-head against the seething waters. However, the weight of the boat and its passengers forced it low in the water and despite the combined effort of all on board to keep out the water and to bail the boat with their hats and dinner baskets, the launch steadily sank deeper and deeper.
There were many other launches and excursion boats on the bay, but none within hailing distance, until Mr. Bunnell hove in sight. All aboard the doomed Staff launch united in a loud cry for help and Mr. Bunnell at once steered his launch in their direction, arriving just in time to save the excursionists, the launch sinking a few minutes after the last man was safely landed on the dock of the Bunnell launch.
As in the case of the Titanic disaster, the women and children were saved first.
THE MIAMI NEWS
July 28, 1913
BRIDGE TENDER’S SOLE DUTY IS TO OPEN DRAW, SAYS MUNICIPAL JUDGE
That a bridge tender’s duty on a draw bridge is to open and close the draw when requested and not indulge in innocuous persiflage was the opinion handed down by Judge Paul Phillips this morning in municipal court when he discharged Emmett and Gus Bunnell who were charged by Frank E. Moore, employed as tender at the Twelfth street bridge with profanity and disorderly conduct.
From testimony produced at the hearing it was shown that the Bunnell boat could not get under the bridge and that the bridge tender was not at his post when the launch approached, so that an argument ensued resulting in a warrant being issued for the two brothers.
A. A. Bunnell, father of the boys, testified that on several occasions when attempting to pass under the bridge with the draw closed that the top of his cabin had been severely damaged. This fact established, the judge held that it was the duty of the tender to be present and swing the draw when the proper signals are given.
“What’s a draw for if not to open?” ironically queried the judge when he dismissed the charges.
THE MIAMI NEWS
April 27, 1914
A.A. Bunnell was a passenger on Saturday night’s north bound train. Mr. Bunnell’s destination was Daytona, where he goes to look after his property interest in that place.
NEW SMYRNA DAILY NEWS
New Smyrna, Florida
May 1, 1914
A.A. Bunnell, former resident of this vicinity, came up from Miami Monday and has been with H.T. McClellan and family at their home on North Ridgewood avenue during the week.
THE MIAMI NEWS
February 17, 1915
CITY GARBAGE WAGONS WILL ALL BE COVERED
Garbage wagons are to be covered at once, according to action taken by the city Board of Health yesterday authorizing Sanitary Inspector A.A. Bunnell and City Health Officer Edgar T. Peters to let a contract for this work, provided the cost does not exceed $70.
Mr. Bunnell reported to the board in regular session that many complaints are coming to him daily, mainly form women, regarding the wagons, it being claimed that they are unsightly and ill-smelling.
THE MIAMI NEWS
November 9, 1915
BUNNELL IS DROPPED FROM CITY PAY ROLL
Retrenchment was the keynote at yesterday’s special meeting of the City Board of Health and as a result, A.A. Bunnell, one of the inspectors for the board, was dropped from the official pay roll. F.D. Akin, A.P. Dann and Raymond Dillon continue as inspectors. Other matters pertaining to cutting down expenses were talked over by the board.
The Sanitary Inspector
A.A. Bunnell, sanitary inspector, was not removed from office by the mayor or council. Mr. Bunnell was an employee of the Board of Health. When the Board of Health was re-organized and Councilman L.T. Highleyman became a member, the administration policy of efficiency and economy was put in force, and Mr. Bunnell, one of the four inspectors, was dropped from the roll, the board believing that three inspectors could do the work.
THE MIAMI NEWS
January 9, 1917
A.A. Bunnell, who has been here for several days with H.T. McClellan and family at their home on Ridgewood avenue, Kingston, while on business connected with the sale of property on the river front at Holly Hill to J.E. Thompson, winter resident of Seabreeze, returned to Miami Tuesday – Fort Pierce News.
THE MIAMI NEWS
February 11, 1919
$75,000 PAID FOR CORNER MILE FROM BUSINESS SECTION
F.C. GOODMAN, PURCHASER, WILL ERECT THREE-STORY BUILDING AT WADDELL STREET AND BISCAYNE DRIVE
One of the largest buildings begun in Miami in many months will result from the sale to F.C. Goodman, president of the Magic City Lumber Company, of the A.A. Bunnell property at the northwest corner of the intersection of Biscayne drive and Waddell street, one mile from the business section of the city. Mr. Goodman plans to erect a three-story concrete or tile building to coast about $75,000. The consideration involved in the purchase was $22,500, so the total investment made by Mr. Goodman will run about $100,000. J.D. Atkisson handled the sale.
The property sold has a frontage of 210 feet on Waddell street, 60 feet on Biscayne drive and 180 feet on Cordova. Mr. Goodman’s proposed building will cover the Biscayne drive frontage of 60 feet, and extend at this width back to Cordova Street, 210 feet. There will be two large store rooms on Biscayne drive on the first floor of the new building, and five up Waddell street. The second and third floors of the building will be made into 28 separate apartments, ranging from four to six rooms each.
The residence and small store building now on the site will be cleared away and work begun on the new structure as soon as the present tenants can vacate.
Mr. Goodman is doing a large amount of building in Miami at the present time. He is building three houses now in Banyan place and three in Escottonia park, and has completed many more during the last few months.
THE MIAMI NEWS
May 21, 1919
FOR CITY COUNCILMAN
I hereby announce my candidacy for the office of City Councilman, subject to the action of the democratic primary June 3rd. Your vote and support will be appreciated.
A. A. BUNNELL
THE MIAMI NEWS
July 15, 1920
PRETTY FAREWELL PARTY
Because their daughter, Miss Susie Bunnell, is leaving this afternoon for Buffalo and New York to visit her sister Mrs. J.F. Vann, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Bunnell entertained a group of her friends at their home on Allapattah drive. The interest of the evening were varied, pleasure being derived from music, cards, and the Ouija board.
The house was prettily decorated with pink and white roses. After an evening of fun, refreshments of sandwiches, cake and punch were served.
Those present to wish Miss Bunnell a “bon voyage” were: Misses Pauline, Ruth and Edna Cann, Misses Hesta and Allie Willeford, Misses May and Leola Campbell, Miss Annie Laurie KImrey, Miss Velia Godwin, Fred Davis, George Kelly, Milton Carr, Owen Carr, James Cann, Carl J. Erickson, Theodore Bunnell, Emmett Bunnell, Otis Bunnell, Donald Bunnell, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Bunnell and Mr. and Mrs. Gus Bunnell.
THE MIAMI NEWS
July 1, 1922
LOST – One Llewellyn setter, male pup six months old, black and white, has been clipped. Initials on collar G. A. B., if found call A.A. Bunnell, Phone 9736, Allapattah Drive and 21st street.
THE MIAMI NEWS
July 3, 1922
TWO 2 1-2 ton Armleader trucks for sale or trade. Call A.A. Bunnell, Allapattah Drive and 21st street. Phone 9736.
THE MIAMI NEWS
November 17, 1929
COURT CONFIRMS NESLE BOAT SALE
Sale of the tug boat Liberty II. Of which C.H. “Pop” Nesle, notorious liquor runner and Florida’s first prohibition agent, was part owner, to satisfy a libel claim of James Dunbary, was confirmed in federal court Saturday by Judge L Ritter. The boat brought $200 at a sale. The other owner was A.A. Bunnell.
THE MIAMI NEWS
September 11, 1931
BUNNELL FUNERAL SET FOR TOMORROW
Funeral services for Mrs. Susan A. Bunnell, 74, of 1697 N. W. 23rd ave., who died last night at her residence after a long illness, will be held tomorrow in the W. H. Combs funeral home. Dr. J. L. White, pastor of First Baptist church, will officiate.
Mrs. Bunnell, was a native of Florida and came to Miami 31 years ago from Daytona Beach. She had been active in First Baptist church.
She is survived by her husband, Alvah A. Bunnell; a brother, M. M. Godwin, St. Augustine; two daughters, Mrs. J. F. Vann and Mrs. E. H. Hall, Miami; eight sons, Alonzo, Luther, George, Theodore, Gilbert, Gussie, Emmet and Otis Bunnell, and 15 grandchildren.
Burial will be in Miami Memorial park.
THE MIAMI NEWS
September 14, 1931
CARD OF THANKS
Mr. A.A. BUNNELL and family wish to thank the many friends for their sympathy and kindness in their recent bereavement.
THE MIAMI NEWS
January 3, 1936
MRS. AUGUSTA WAY FUNERAL SATURDAY
Mrs. Theodore August Way, 74, a Miami resident for 25 years, died last night at her home, 2148 N. W. 33rd st. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Combs chapel and the body will be taken to McIntyre, Ga., for burial. Surviving are two sons, Theodore P. and Emerson; a daughter, Mrs. Augusta Walker, and a brother, A.A. Bunnell, all of Miami.
THE MIAMI NEWS
April 20, 1938
INTIMIDATION CHARGED QUIGG
THREATS OF CHIEF TOLD BY 83-YEAR-OLD MIAMIAN
“This is an outrage and a disgrace.”
This was the declaration yesterday of A.A. Bunnell, 83-year-old retired sawmill operator, as, with tears streaming down his weathered face, he related to a Daily News reporter that Chief of Police H. Leslie Quigg had threatened his son Luther, police garage mechanic, with the loss of his job, the job of another son, Alonzo, and discontinuance of city clinical treatment for a third, Gussie. Unless Luther has his relatives’ names stricken from recall petitions within 24 hours.
“Luther came out here yesterday,” Bunnell said, “with affidavits all prepared for me to sign, directing the clerk to take my name off the recall petition.
“I at first refused to sigh the thing, but Luther told me Alonzo, who works at the Jackson Memorial incinerator and is a married man with three children to support, would lose his job too, if I didn’t.
“When I still protested I had the right as a citizen and taxpayer to sign the recall petition, Luther then told me that Gussie, another son, who is unable to work because of a long illness and who has been receiving treatment at the city clinic, would have his treatments discontinued if I did not sign, and I did so.”
Bunnell, who lives at 1617 S. W. 15th st. with a brother-in-law, is the father of seven sons and two daughters, most of whom had signed the recall petition, he said, adding that Luther had been ordered to “get all his relatives’ names of the petitions within 24 hours, or else.”
“I came here from Daytona 35 years ago and have always been a law-abiding, law-respecting citizen. What kind of dirty politics is this that denies my right to have a say in how our city should be run by intimidating relatives who happen to be working for a city which I love and help to create?”
Bunnell said that his son Luther, on leaving home yesterday with the retracting affidavit he had been forced to sign, had gone to the home of another son, Emmet P. Bunnell, where the latter and his wife had been prevailed upon to sign similar affidavits. George Bunnell, jr., a grandson, also was called on toe repudiate his signature on the recall petition, Bunnell declared.
THE MIAMI NEWS
April 22, 1938
DENIALS, AFFIRMATIONS GIVEN REGARDING QUIGG RECALL SCRAP
Bunnells Deny Threats Made, Gardner Sticks To Story
Four conflicting statements were issued yesterday and today in the controversy over whether Police Chief H. Leslie Quigg did or did not threaten Luther Bunnell, police garage mechanic, with the loss of his job if Bunnell failed to have relatives’ names withdrawn from recall petitions they had signed.
Quigg denies threatening Luther and places the blame for instigating the name withdrawals on Luther’s son.
Both Luther and his son, L. G. Bunnell, deny any threats were made to them, through Luther admits he got relatives to sign withdrawal affidavits given to him by his son.
L. G. Bunnell, the son, admits giving the affidavits to his father, saying he got them from anti-recall headquarters.
Commissioner R. C. Gardner makes the definite statement that Luther Bunnell told him the affidavits were brought to him by his son with the message from Quigg as to what to do with them.
The withdrawal affidavits, properly signed by Bunnell’s relatives, were admittedly given to Quigg instead of City Clerk Frank Kelly, to whom they were directed.
A.A. Bunnell, father of Luther, the police garage mechanic, told a Daily News reporter that Luther had brought him a withdrawal affidavit to sign and quoted Luther as saying that he and another son would lose their jobs with the city if the elder Bunnell did not sign the affidavit.
“The Bunnell story, as printed in the Daily News, was true,” Commissioner R. C. Gardner declared today, “but here are the facts all over again.
“Several days ago, J. Frank Vann, a good friend of mine, told me that Luther Bunnell, a police garage mechanic, had been threatened with the loss of his job by Police Chief H. Leslie Quigg unless Bunnell had the names of some relatives taken off recall petitions.
“I telephoned Luther Bunnell and asked him to come to office, which he did.
“I questioned Bunnell and told him it was his duty to make know the facts if he had been threatened by Quigg, or anyone else.
“Bunnell then drew from his pocket a piece of paper that had five names written on it. He told me that his son, L. G. Bunnell, had brought him this paper together with several affidavits, and quoted the son as saying they had been given to him by chief Quigg with instructions to take ‘these to your father and tell him to get these name off that recall petition.”
“I told Luther Bunnell I was going to get his story into the newspaper just as he had fiven ti to me and asked him not to let me down. He promised he would not.
“Later that day a newspaper reporter heard of the story some way before I had time to do anything about it and came to me for verification. I took the reporter with me for and went to police headquarters to see Luther to make him repeat his story to me. Luther did.
“When we finished talking Luther told me Chief Quigg wanted to see me outside in his car.
“I wen out in front of headquarters to talk with Quigg, repeated all that had been told me by Bunnell and Quigg did not deny any part of it. Instead, Quigg started to berate me, accused me of lying about him about the gambling situation and we had quite a fuss.
“I told Quigg then that if he didn’t do so many wrong things he wouldn’t have people talking about him.’