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German Model 1917 Gas Mask and Carrier: greased leather face mask; steel rims for clear lenses; gray painted steel filter on front; adjustable head straps. Container is stamped steel with hinged lid with compartment for spare lenses; with shipping label on container to "Mr. J.W. DUNHAM". Dio Edgar Dunham was born in Oshkosh, WI on January 21, 1892. He was the son of James W. and Emma Norton Dunham. His father owned a variety store on Main Street, which became the Dunham-Fulton Gun Company. In 1916, Dio was teaching at the Manual Training School in Oshkosh. In 1917 he enlisted in the United States Army and was one of eight Oshkosh men accepted into the Officers Training School at Fort Sheridan, IL and graduated as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. On December 15, 1917 he was assigned as a white officer and 1st Lieutenant in the 804th Pioneer Infantry (African Americans). In the 1919 Oshkosh City Directory he is listed as serving in the US Army. He was living in Duluth, MN in 1920 and was teaching in a public school. In 1930 he was still teaching and was living in Detroit, MI with his wife and two children. He died in Livonia, MI on July 20, 1974.
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