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WALTER LAWRENCE HUNT
Source: Citizens Historical Association August 17, 1940 - "excerpt"
Note from KZ: Pretty sure some of this information is INCORRECT (mother of Samuel for one) so PLEASE use it with caution!!
Walter Lawrence Hunt, son of Samuel F. and Jennie Coulter Hunt was born in Mace, Montgomery County, Indiana November 28, 1874
Samuel F. Hunt was the son of Ephraim and Sophia Mainkee Hunt and was born in Walnut Township, Montgomery County, Ind May 3, 1848. He was a farmer. He died in 1922. His wife, Jennie Coulter was born in Penn in 1852 died 1933. When a young girl, she came to Ind with her parents, William and Elizabeth Briggs Coulter. William Coulter was a farmer and purchased the land on which Ephraim T. Hunt first settled. Samuel F and Jennie Coulter Hunt were parents of six children, Walter the eldest. Others: Minta; William; Lena; Florence; Harley.
Ephraim, father of Samuel F, was born in Ohio. Came from Butler County, Ohio at an early day and entered 160 acres of government land in Walnut Twp, Montgomery County, Ind. He died on his farm during the 1870s (Note from KZ - 23 Feb 1879). His wife, Sophia Mainkee Hunt was a native of Ind.
Walter Lawrence Hunt, attended grade and high schools in Montgomery County and continued work on his father's farm until 1899. He attended Askin's College of Embalming in Indianapolis, graduating from same in 1912. However, prior to his schooling in Indianapolis, Mr. Hunt maintained an establishment and conducted funerals. In 1916 he established a funeral home in Crawfordsville where he has since continued in business. On Dec 1, 1937, in partnership with Noble Reeves, Mr. Hunt established a funeral home at 107 N. Grant Street in Crawfordsville. The business is operated under the firm name, Hunt & Reeves, Morticians. Mr. Hunt, who has been in business in Crawfordsville 40 years is a Democrat, and member of: Masonic Lodge Chapter & Council; Elks; K of P; Eagles; C of C; Montgomery County Chapter, Citizens Hist. Association and the Baptist Church.
On September 20, 1897, Mr. Hunt married Georgiana Bowman, daughter of John C and Mary Ellen Lockbridge Bowman who were born in VA and Montgomery County Ind respectively. Mrs. Hunt was born in Boone County, Ind April 8, 1872. Children: Ruth
Source: 1913 AW Bowen History of Montgomery County, Indiana p 870
It is a good sign when so many residents of a county are found to have been born there. It indicates that they have found right at home all the opportunities necessary for the gratification of their ambitions in a business, political or social way, and it also indicates stability. One is reminded that "A rolling stone gathers no moss." That young man is the wisest who, when conditions will permit, remains in his native locality and addresses himself to the improvement of conditions he finds there and to his personal advancement along such lines as he may choose, selecting that for which he is best fitted by nature. one of this class is the successful and well know undertaker and funeral director, Walter Lawrence HUNT of Crawfordsville, representative of an honored old family of Montgomery County. Mr. Hunt was born in Mace this county November 28, 1874, and he is the s/o Samuel F. and Jennie (COULTER) Hunt. The father was also a native of Montgomery having first seen the light of day at the old Hunt homestead in Walnut Twp May 3, 1848. He was a s/o Ephraim Hunt. Ephraim was a native of Ohio, where he spent his childhood and from there came in a very early day and entered from the government 160 acres in Walnut Twp when the famous Wabash Valley was practically an unsettled wilderness. He worked hard developing this land and established a comfortable home, later moving to Mace, spending his declining years in retirement in that village and there his death occurred int he 70s an honored and well known pioneer. Samuel F. Hunt, father of our subject, grew to manhood on the home farm in Walnut Twp, where he found plenty of hard work to do when a boy, assisting his father with the general duties of the farm, and he received the usual education accorded country boys of that early period. Early in life he began farming for himself and soon had a good start, eventually becoming one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of his part of the country, and he continued to make these lines his chief life work until his retirement in 1906, when he left the farm and moved to a comfortable home in Crawfordsville, where he is spending his old age in quiet and in the midst of plenty. He is well known throughout the county and is respected by all who knew him, for his life has been chracterized by industry and honestly. Politically, he is a Democrat, but has never been especially active in public affairs. In religious matters, he is a member of the Methodist Church. In the early 70s, Samuel f. Hunt married Jennie Coulter, who was b. in Pa 1852, from which state she came to Walnut Twp, Montgomery County with her parents when she was young. her father pruchased the land on which Ephraim Hunt first settled and here her family became very comfortably established and favorably known. Mrs. H. received a rural school education. To Samuel F. Hunt and wife, 6 children were b: Minta w/o B. COOMBS who is farming in Southern Indiana; William lives in Red Wing, Minn; Lena w/o Allen ARNOLD of Crawfordsville; Florence w/o Alvin POWERS of Ladoga; Harley lives in Crawfordsville and Walter L of this sketch, he being the eldest of the children. Walter L. Hunt grew to manhood on the home farm, and there made himself generally useful when a boy. He received a good common school education in his neighborhood, and he continued to work on the farm until 1899, when he attended the Askins school of Embalming in Indianapolis where he made a splendid record, grad. from the same in 1912, having become quite proficient in the modern methods of embalming. However, prior to that he had maintained an establishment and had charge of funerals, enjoying a good business which is now very rapidly increasing, his neat and modernly appointed establishment being now located at 122 N. Washington St. Mr. H. was marr. Sept 20, 1896 to Georgina BOWMAN who is a native of Boone Co her birth having occurred there April 8, 1872, and there she was reared and educated. To this union 4 children have been born: Ruth, who is now attending HS; Edith in 7th grade; Esther in 4th and Lester in 3rd at the local schools. Politically, Mr. Hunt is a Democrat, and in religious matters is a Baptist. His is prominent in fraternal circles, being a member of the masonic Order, Knights of Pythias, Improved Order of Red Men, including the Haymakers degree; the Knights of the Maccabees, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Patriotic Order Sons of America. He has passed through allt he chairs in the last named order, also in K of P Lodge.
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