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11th Vermont Infantry (aka First Heavy Artillery, Vermont Volunteers)


Rutland Herald
January 13, 1916
News of the City
Will Observe Their Golden Wedding Today at Home on Cottage Street

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Dunton of Cottage street will observe the 50th
anniversary of their marriage at their home today. Mr. Dunton was for 35
years engaged in the wholesale marble business in this section and later for
several years in the coal business with his son F.O. Dunton. He is a member
of Roberts post, GAR, and of the Masonic fraternity.

Mr. and Mrs. Dunton were married in Pawlet, January 13, 1866, by Rev.
William Earle, at that time pastor of the Methodist church of Pawlet.
Before her marriage Mrs. Dunton was Miss Harriet Alexander of Pawlett. Mr.
Dunton was a native of West Dorset.

In 1862, when only 17 years old, Mr. Dunton enlisted in company C of the
14th Vermont regiment. After serving 17 months in that company, he was
discharged and promptly re-enlisted in the 1st Vermont, heavy artillery,
serving for the remainder of the war. He was discharged with the rank of
regimental quartermaster sergeant.

Fought in 19 Battles

During his service, Mr. Dunton took part in 19 battles and many skirmishes.
His marriage took place shortly after the close of the war. For two years
thereafter his health was not good, having been impaired by constant
exposure during his military service.

As soon as his health would permit, Mr. Dunton engaged in the marble
business, first with the Field Marble company and later at the Redfield
Proctor plant in Proctor. Several years later he took charge of the J.B.
Reynolds marble plant, which manufactured burial vaults and was located on
the present site of the F.R. Patch Manufacturing company.

Later he was for nine years superintendent of the Columbian Marble company
in this city, resigning at the end of that time to accept the general
management of the Esperanza company of West Rutland. Later he served as
general manager of the Bardillo Marble company. Mr. Dunton retired from the
marble business about 15 years ago.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Dunton enjoy good health and are as active as most people
many years their juniors. Mr. Dunton is possessed of considerable
carpentering skill and has constructed many beautiful articles of furniture
in his leisure hours.

Have Lived in Rutland 44 Years

Mr. and Mrs. Dunton have been residents of this city for 44 years. In 1879,
when Rutland was a village, Mr. Dunton was elected as a trustee. Since that
time he has not taken an active interest in politics.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dunton, of whom three are still
living. They are Frank O. Dunton of this city, Mrs. Herbert Smith of Fair
Haven and Henry W. Dunton of Battle Lake, Minn. A daughter, Miss Sylvia
Dunton, well known in Rutland musical circles, died about five years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Dunton of Cottage street will be at home to friends
after 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Contributed by Cathy Habes.