Portraits of the Past: Eudoxia Smith Dunning

Aug 21, 2022 | Featured, Photo

Eudoxia Smith Dunning (1803-1887)

Looking back at our past exhibit, Portraits of the Past, meet Eudoxia Smith Dunning (1803-1887).

Eudoxia was the wife of Josiah D. Dunning (1803-1887), a prosperous Big Rock farmer who retired to Aurora in 1856. In 1857-58, he built the $20,000 stone Dunning Block on River Street. For years, its forth floor ballroom was the scene of major social events. Husband, wife, and daughter all died over three consecutive days at the beginning of March 1887. Their tombstone at West Aurora Cemetery reads, “In Death They Were Not Divided.”

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