David Duncan lived as a recluse for more than 30 years at what became known as “Dunk’s Cove” along the Kalamazoo River just west of Albion. He came to Albion in 1837, and lived the life of ahermit, coming to the town only for necessities. His clothing consisted of rags fastened together with bits of twine, rope, or leather straps. Everything clearly indicated that he never washed himself or his rags. Filth and foul odors followed him everywhere. He was found frozen to death March 6, 1868 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery.
Duncan’s tombstone at Riverside Cemetery.
Source: Frank Passic. A Pictorial History of Albion, Michigan; From the Archives of the Albion Historical Society. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation. 1991.