Bob, sorry to be so slow on this, but some way I just now found your message. As to the harness racing, the 1976 Coles county history talks about the Coles County Fair on page 25. I quote: "Harness racing remains a big event at the Coles County Fair. "Harry Fitzpatrick of Charleston was one of the all time great harness horsemen," Hyndman said. "He still holds more than a dozen track records at various fairs throughout the midwest. Two of his records were set at the Coles County Fair - the pace in 1953 at 2.02 and four-fifths with Irish Hal and for the trot in 1939 at 2.04 with Tim S."
"The Coles County Fair, through the years, has consistently paid more purses in harness racing than any other county fair in the state.""
Also: "It was the site of the fourth of the seven Lincoln-Douglas debates on Sept. 8,1858. It almost was obliterated on May 26, 1917, when a tornado swept from Mattoon eastward through Charleston, claiming 101 lives."
I find nothing on Walter Dunn nor Stanley Dunn, same for John Wrenn.
The index in this history is pretty limited, so there could be much more data somewhere in the reading material. Wish I could be more help.
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