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Reported to have been born in Lawrence Co., OH in 1873, the son of Isaac Dunfee and Martha Jane "Mattie" Dillon Dunfee, "Bill", as his friends called him, eventually worked his way to Cripple Creek, Colorado, before arriving in Goldfield, Nevada c1906. By 1912, he was active in the nearby mining community of Hornsilver (later to be known as Gold Point), where he discovered and began developing the rich Orlean lease. In 1923 he married Irma Haskell, a high school teacher in nearby Goldfield. In 1928, John William and Irma adopted a very young lady, to be known as Nevada Imogene Dunfee, their only child. In September 1931, while active and involved in developing his Hornsilver mining leases, "J. W." Dunfee became suddenly ill and died in transport to his Goldfield doctor. He was buried in the Goldfield Cemetery. His story and that of his family, his Hornsilver life and mining career are profiled in "Hornsilver / Gold Point, Nevada" by Alan H. Patera, 2003, from which this photo and information was taken, all originally provided courtesy of his granddaughter, Camille Henry. Several additional photos of John William Dunfee and his daughter, Nevada Imogene, are posted at this site.