Born: 1857

Died: June 5, 1937, in Manhattan

Married: Isadora Pollock (died 1908); Eugenia Blackmore Logan

Children: With his first wife: Mortimer, died at age 3; LaBelle Dunlap Spence; Boyce Dunlap; John R. Dunlap, Jr.

John Robertson Dunlap was the owner of Camp Woodwil on Markham Point, Upper Saranac Lake, and the subject of the book, A Mountain View, by his grandson, Lewis Spence. He had previously built Camp Arodasi (apparently named Isadora, for his first wife, spelled backwards) on the north side of Gilpin Bay, across from Prospect Point; it became the children's camp called Camp Forestcraft.

He left an estate valued at $114,000 ($2.8 million in 2018 dollars).

New York Times, June 6, 1937


Editor of Engineering Books and Magazines Many Years Is Stricken at 80


Started Career on Kentucky Daily in 1884, Then Launched Trade Publications Here

John Robertson Dunlap, editor and publisher of engineering magazines and books for many years, died yesterday morning at the New York Athletic Club, where he had resided for a number of years. He was 80 years old.

After serving as president and. general manager of The Louisville, Ky., Daily Commercial from 1884 to 1887, Mr. Dunlap founded The India Rubber World in New York in 1889. This was followed by Hardware, 1890; The Engineering Magazine, 1891; The Engineering Index, 1895; Industrial Management, 1916, and Industry Illustrated, 1921. For a number of years he was chairman of the board of Engineering Magazine Company until it was merged with McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, Inc., a few years ago.

He was the publisher of more than forty volumes on problems of management, including "Ford Methods and Ford Shops" by Horace L. Arnold and Fay L. Fauroto, the first description of Henry Ford's work.

Mr. Dunlap was born in Lexington, Ky., the son of Henry Clay and La Belle Boyce Dunlap. He was educated at the Linsly Institute, Wheeling, W. Va., and in 1873 started in civil engineering work. In 1886 he married Isadora Pollock and in 1918 he married Eugenia Blackmore Logan of Wheeling.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth M. Spence of Cedarhurst, L. I., and two sons, John Dunlap Jr. and Boyce Dunlap, both of Greenwich, Conn., children of his first wife.

Funeral services and interment will be in Lexington today.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 25, 1899

The camp of John R. Dunlap, on the Upper Saranac Lake, is one of the handsome establishments which is assuming an improved aspect.  It is being fitted up for the occupancy of the family of the late Senator Calvin S. Brice.

New York Times, July 3, 1904


Special to The New York Times.

SARANAC INN, N, Y., July 2.—

…John R. Dunlap of New York has made several improvements at his camp, including the construction of a new boathouse. Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Stralem of New York are occcupying the camp this season.

Ogdensburg Journal, August 29, 1914


Saranac Lake, Aug. 29.—There has been considerable excitement at the camp of John R. Dunlap of New York over the capture of a great northern pike which weighed 22 pounds and which is believed to be the largest pike ever taken in these waters. At least, no one recalls that a pike as large as this has been taken for the last several years. The fish was caught by “Ben” Manning, the guide for Mr. Dunlap, while trolling back of Buck Island. The lure was a “kidney” spoon. The fish was taken in waters where a big fish has been fooling members of the Dunlap family for a number of seasons.

Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post, December 15, 1927

Hat Maker Buy Tract On Upper Saranac L.

John R. Dunlap, New York hat manufacturer, has purchased a 40-acre tract on Upper Saranac Lake. A camp costing about $50,000 will be started early in the spring and plans for it will be prepared by W. G. Distin, architect. The property is on the opposite side of the lake from Saranac Inn. Mr. Dunlap has been a camper on the upper lake nearly 30 years. It is planned to construct a road and if this is done it will result in the development of at least 10 additional camps on the upper lake.

New York Times September 17, 1932


Col. J. R. Dunlap and Party of Four Are Brought Ashore by Youths From Speed Craft.

Special to The New York Times. SARANAC L.AKE, N. Y., Sept. 16. —A party of five on a moonlight cruise in Upper Saranac Lake narrowly escaped drowning late last night when a thirty-foot craft piloted by Colonel John R. Dunlap of New York was rammed and sunk by another boat containing four young men.

The other occupants of Colonel Dunlap's boat were Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Porcher of Chestnut Hill, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. John H. B. Reynders of New York and Greenwich. Conn.

A boat operated by Joseph Paterno, 18 years old, of Riverdale, N. Y., was traveling at about thirty-five miles an hour when it struck the bow of Colonel Dunlap's craft, according to the Colonel.    He and his companions were thrown into the water about thirty feet from shore and their boat sank immediately.

Young Paterno and the three other occupants of his boat, Ruffen de Lagney of London, England; W. B. Squires of New York and John Bennett of New York, threw life preservers to those floundering in the water and dove in after them. All of the youths were good swimmers and managed to bring the others to shore.

The rescued were taken to the camp of Dr. Joseph Willing, who attended them. Mrs. Reynders suffered a broken ankle and injuries to her back and was taken to Saranac Lake General Hospital this morning. The others received cuts and bruises and were also treated for shock, but did not require hospital treatment.