Biography of Bert Edward Dunn
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Bert Edward Dunn one of the proprietors of the Elite Laundry, has proven in his life record that success is not a matter of genius or the result of fortunate circumstances, but is the outcome of indefatigable industry, clear judgment and experience. He was born in Dalton, New York, June 28, 1869, a son of Albert and Nellie (Gearhart) Dunn, the former a farmer by occupation. He obtained a public school education and then turned his attention to cheese making. in which business he engaged for three years. In 1890 he arrived in Chicago and was engaged in railroading for four years, but in 1894 turned his attention to the laundry business as an employee of the Indiana Steam Laundry Company of Chicago. Later the name of this concern was changed to the Harvey Laundry and its location was at No. 89-91 Indiana Street. After three years Mr. Dunn became connected with the Star Laundry and later with the Wabash Hand Laundry. In 1909 he came to Racine and formed a partnership with John G. Eager for the purchase of the Elite Laundry, which they have since conducted. Their business has enjoyed a substantial growth. It is based upon broad practical experience and scientific knowledge, a knowledge that embraces not only the important features of the work, but also includes a thorough understanding of many textiles, so that they know how to handle the work which comes to them.
On the 11th of February, 1900, Mr. Dunn was united in marriage to Miss Lulu Sokup of Chicago. He is well known in fraternal circles, being a member of the Masons, the Knights of Pythias, the Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan, the Moose, the Eagles, the Royal Arcanum and the Modern Woodmen. He is also identified with the Commercial Club and with the Racine Junction Improvement Association and he stands for progress in all those things which promote the public welfare as well as advance individual interests.