George Hunt has been successfully identified with the general mercantile
pursuits of Earlville throughout his entire business career and since 1895 has
been a member of the well known firm of Hunt Brothers. His birth occurred in
this county on the 15th of December, 1867, his parents being James and Elizabeth
(Gibbs) Hunt. He supplemented his common-school training by a commercial course,
and when he had attained his majority embarked in the mercantile business at
Earlville as a member of the firm of Bisgrove & Hunt. In 1895 the name of the
enterprise was changed to Hunt Brothers, the partner of our subject being
William Hunt, his brother, with whom he has been associated in business
continuously since. They carry a large and carefully selected line of general
merchandise at reasonable prices and are accorded an extensive and gratifying
patronage, being widely recognized as reliable, progressive and up to date
business men. George Hunt owns nineteen acres of land adjoining the corporation
limits of Earlville.
In 1892 Mr. Hunt was united in marriage to Miss
Belle Rich, who was born in West Virginia in 1867, her parents being David and
Tabitha (Hoard) Rich, natives of Virginia. The father passed away in that state,
but the mother is still living there. Their children were five in number. To Mr.
and Mrs. Hunt have been born six children, as follows: O. Evlon, whose natal day
was September 9, 1898; Ivy E., born January 4, 1895, who is a high-school
graduate and is now continuing her studies at Cedar Falls; Ruby Rich, born
October 11, 1896; Leon E., whose natal day was August 9, 1900; and Forest G. and
Fearyl B., twins, who were born January 4, 1909.
Mr. Hunt gives his political allegiance to the
republican party and has served as city treasurer, making a most creditable and
commendable record in that connection. Fraternally he is identified with the
Masons, belonging to Square Lodge, No. 286, while his religious faith is
indicated by his membership in the Congregational church, to which his wife also
belongs. In Delaware county, where his entire life has been spent, Mr. Hunt
commands and holds the confidence and high regard of his neighbors and friends
and is known as a business man of unquestioned integrity as well as a public
spirited, loyal and progressive citizen.