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William Hunt





      William Hunt, a well known merchant of Earlville, has done much to make possible the business expansion of his town. He was born in this county on the 13th of March, 1873, a son of James and Elizabeth (Gibbs) Hunt. He was reared and educated in his native county and received the advantages of a high school training. He remained at home until he became of age and then engaged in farming for a year, after which he entered into partnership with his brother George in the mercantile business, which association has been continued to the present time. A large share of the credit for the splendid condition of the affairs of the firm must be given to the subject of this review, who has shown himself an astute business man who understands thoroughly the branch of merchandising in which he is engaged and is also a discriminating student of human nature.
      Mr. Hunt was married on the 14th of February, 1895, to Miss Jennie M. Keirn, who is also a native of this county. Her birth occurred November 26, 1875, and her parents were Patrick and Lessie (Cloud) Keirn, the former of whom is deceased, while the latter is still living. Mrs. Hunt was one of a family of five children and by her marriage became the mother of three sons and one daughter: Archie M., born December 10, 1895, now a graduate of the College of Commerce at Waterloo, Iowa; William B., born August 3, 1897; Howard H., March 20, 1899; and Jennie L., July 26, 1903. Mrs. Hunt passed away August 5, 1903, and was laid to rest in the Earlville cemetery. Mr. Hunt was again married on the 17th of June, 1905, Miss Nellie Merten becoming his wife. She was born in this county on the 19th of January, 1873, a daughter of J. S. and Candis (Patridge) Merten, both of whom are living. Two children have been born to Mr. Hunt's second union, namely: Merten J., whose birth occurred August 26, 1906; and Earl H., born November 11, 1907.
     Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are members of the Congregational church and exemplify their religious faith in their daily lives. He is a republican and has served upon the school board and in the town council. Fraternally he belongs to Lodge No. 286, A. F. & A. M., and has filled a number of chairs therein. He has gained material prosperity, but more than that, he has aided in the development of his town, and the esteem of his fellow citizens is the just reward of his public spirit.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 188-189. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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