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Mysterious Death of Boutwell Dunlap
Posted by: jimrockhill2001 (IP Logged)
Date: 22 June, 2014 03:18PM
In the notes to "The Chain of Aforgomon" in Volume 5 of the splendid COLLECTED FANTASIES, Scott Connors & Ron Hilger write, "The circumstances of John Milwarp's death recall the death of Smith's asscoiate Boutwell Dunlap (1877-1930), who died suddenly under murky circumstances in his rooms at the Graystone Hotel in San Francisco on December 22, 1930." I have never encountered anything else about this intriguing incident beyond characterization of the man's death as "sudden" in a few brief biographies. Does anyone here know any details?

Re: Mysterious Death of Boutwell Dunlap
Posted by: walrus (IP Logged)
Date: 3 July, 2014 03:50PM
Interesting question, but a pretty tough nut to crack. Online newspaper archives are often so poorly OCR'd that it's almost impossible to locate what you are looking for by a simple textual search. But via some detours I unearthed this item -- it doesn't really answer the question, as it happens, but for what it's worth:

Berkeley Daily Gazette, Tuesday Evening, December 23, 1930 (p. 10):

NOTED HISTORIAN OF EARLY WEST IS DEAD
By United Press

SAN FRANSCISCO, Dec. 23.--Boutwell Dunlap, noted historian of California's early life, and a member of one of the first pioneer families, died here last night in his room at the Graystone Hotel.
Ill for several days, he collapsed suddenly and died before an ambulance could arrive.
Aside from his ability as a historian, Dunlap gained prominence as a lawyer and genealogist.
He was born in Sacramento in 1877, the son of William and Sarah Dunlop. {sic} After graduating from the University of California he attended several other institutions of learning including the Catholic College of America.
Dunlop {sic} ran for Congress from the First California District in 1904, later serving as consul to Argentina from 1909 to 1916. He also practiced law for several years in San Franscisco.
Funeral arrangements will be held pending until word is received from an uncle, Kelly Robinson, living at Auburn.

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I don't know if it's of any relevance for the Smith connection that Dunlap had relatives in Auburn in 1930.
(Some further biographical information on him is reproduced here: [boards.ancestry.com])

Juha-Matti



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