Randolph County, Indiana
Bader S. Hunt
The life of the
scholarly or professional man seldom exhibits any of those striking incidents
that seize upon public feeling and attract attention to himself. His character
is generally made up of the aggregate qualities and qualifications he may
possess, as these may be elicited by the exercise of the duties of his vocation
or the particular profession to which he belongs. But when such a man has so
impressed his individuality upon his fellow men as to gain their confidence and
through that confidence rises to high and important standing he is deserving of
a great deal of credit. Dr. Bader S. Hunt, of Winchester, is one of the
scholarly men of Randolph county, who, not content to hide his talents amid
life's sequestered ways, has, by the force of will and a laudable ambition,
forged to the front in a responsible and exacting calling and earned an
honorable reputation in one of the most important branches of human service.
His life has been one of hard study and research from his youth and since
maturity of laborious professional duty; and the high standing which he has
attained is evidence that he possesses the qualities that afford the means of
distinction under a system of government in which places of honor and
usefulness are open to all who may be found worthy of them.
was born December 13, 1868, near Union Port, Randolph county, Indiana. He is a
son of Giles P. and Elmira (Botkin) Hunt. His parents were born in this county
and here grew to maturity, were educated in the early-day schools and were
married here. The mother is a daughter of Dr. J. W. Botkin, also
a native of Randolph county, born in 1819, and was thus a pioneer child, and
here he practiced medicine for a period of sixty years, a fine type of the old
school doctor. His death occurred at the age of eighty-two years. He was one of
the first white children born in this locality. His daughter, Elmira,
was born September 5, 1847, and she is now living in Winchester. Giles P.
Hunt was born January 12, 1843, and his death occurred October
30, 1905. He was a successful farmer. Politically, he was a Republican. He was
a member of Company D, Sixty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, enlisting in 1861
under Capt. John Ross, and he served three years in a faithful and
To Giles P. Hunt
and wife six children were born, namely: Dr. Bader S., of this sketch; Mary
is the eldest daughter; Morton is deceased; Emma is living at
home; James is deceased; the youngest child died in infancy, unnamed.
Dr. Bader S. Hunt
grew to manhood on the home farm and he received his early education in the
common schools, and was graduated from the Winchester high school in 1889. He
then entered Rush Medical College in Chicago, from which he was graduated in
1894, and in 1902 he took a post-graduate course in the Chicago Polyclinic
institute. In 1894 he began the practice of his profession in Winchester and
has remained here to the present time, enjoying a liberal patronage from the
first, and he has long since taken his place in the front rank of leading
medical men of this section of the state. He practiced alone until 1910, when
his brother, Dr. Morton Hunt, joined him, but his death occurred two
years later, and since then our subject has remained alone. He has ever been a
deep student of all that pertains to the medical profession and is well abreast
of the times.
Doctor Hunt was married October 30, 1894, to Winifred Thomas,
who was born in Randolph county, September 1, 1870 and here she grew to womanhood
and was educated. She is a daughter of John W. and Eliza (Aker)
Thomas. Her Grandfather Thomas came from Missouri, and Grandfather
Aker was a native of Virginia. He located in Randolph county in pioneer
days and opened the first store in this locality, it being the only one between
the cities of Richmond and Fort Wayne. Mrs. Hunt, after graduating from
the Winchester high school in 1889, entered the Conservatory of Music at
Cincinnati, Ohio, and subsequently took a special course in vocal music, also
the violin, in Indianapolis. She is a talented musician, and a lady of
refinement and many estimable attributes, a favorite in the best social circles
of the county.
The union of the Doctor and wife has been graced by the birth of two
children: Frances E., born February 5, 1905, is attending school; and Mary
Martha, born June 14, 1909.
Politically, Doctor Hunt is a Republican and has long been active
in the ranks and influential; in fact, is a local leader in the party. He is at
present ably and faithfully serving as state senator from Randolph and Jay
counties, and is making his influence felt for the general good of this
locality, being regarded by his colleagues as an able, far-seeing and conscientious
public servant, and his course so far has been entirely satisfactory to his
constituents. From 1902 to 1906 he served Randolph county as health officer in
a most faithful manner. He has been a member of the city council for the past
eight years, during which he has done much for the general upbuilding of the
city of Winchester.
Doctor Hunt is a charter member of the Randolph Club: he holds membership
in the Randolph County Medical Society, the Indiana Medical Society and the
American Medical Association. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic Blue
Lodge No.638, and is past master of the same; he also belongs to the Knights of
Doctor Hunt has not only kept in close touch with the trend of
current medical thought but is also a close student of all social, political
and scientific subjects, being broad-minded, full of spirit and a leader in the
matters relating to the advancement of the community honored by his citizenship
and the welfare of his fellow men. He is a man of decided convictions on all
public questions, maintains his stand with resolute firmness and has made his
influence felt in formulating and directing political policies, as well as the
various official trusts with which he has from time to time been honored. He is
a plain and unassuming gentleman, yet possessing that innate dignity which
stamps the true man of modern affairs, genial, obliging and never- failing
courtesy, and, the genuineness of his public spirit being unquestioned, he is
popular with all classes.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
name of the subject of this sketch is
Union Banner Basil Morton Hunt. For this
name, Mr. Hunt says, he is not responsible. Neither is he ashamed of it. At the
time of his birth his brother was confined in the Confederate prison at
Andersonville, Ga., having been captured at the battle of Chickamauga. Hence,
the name "Union Banner." "Basil" (pronounced Bazil) is an
old family name, and "Morton" is for the great war governor of
The father of
the present secretary of state, Union B. Hunt, was Joshua Parker
Hunt, who was
born in Kentucky in 1805, and died in Randolph county, Indiana, in 1889 at the
age of 84. In his younger days, Joshua Hunt was a stock dealer and frequently
took large droves of hogs from Kentucky to South Carolina, going and returning
on horseback. Uniting with the M. E. church early in life, he was actively
connected with the ministry. At one time he was well-to-do financially, but most
of his money was lost in paying surety debts for false friends, and the subject
of this sketch never received any benefit from it, but from the days of his
early childhood was thrown upon his own resources and made himself what he is
today. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Col. John Hunt, a pioneer of
the "Dark and bloody ground." He was a colonel in the War of 1812.
name of the mother of U. B. Hunt was
Rachel Howell. She came of a sturdy,
honored and honest family, was a member of the M. E. church and foremost in all
good works, being especially devoted to helping the poor and needy and caring
for the sick. She was lovingly devoted to the interests of her husband and
children. She died in February, 1884.
family has done much to make Randolph the wealthy and progressive county it is
today. Union B. Hunt was born in Nettle township, Randolph county, Indiana,
September 2, 1864. His early education was acquired in common school. His
studious habits and cheerful disposition never failed to make him a favorite
with his teacher and schoolmates. Though Mr. Hunt is yet a young man, the
old-fashioned spelling school was yet a fixture of the district school in his
schoolboy days, and in "choosing up," the captain that got first
choice invariably chose Union B. Hunt, and seldom failed to stand against all
comers. Though Mr. Hunt attended at intervals higher institutions of learning,
and made good use of his time, he is not a college graduate. He early acquired a
taste for history, both ancient and modern, is quite thorough, and he has an
excellent acquaintance with the writers in ancient and modern literature. In
conversation he is polished and pleasing.
compelled to make his own way in the world, the most of Mr. Hunt's training was
received in the hard school of necessity. He went with his parents to Illinois
in 1868 and returned to Randolph county in 1876 and settled on the farm, and for
a number of years he farmed in summer and attended school in winter. He worked
in a tile factory, taught school a short time and worked in a general store, all
the time preparing himself for his chosen profession, the law. He was for some
time a student in the law office of Watson & Watson.
In religious connections he is a Methodist. For some time he was superintendent
of a Methodist Sunday school and president of the Sunday School union of his
township. He was a favorite speaker at Sunday school picnics and celebrations,
and his services were often in demand.
He was a leader of the old debating society, and always ready for the conflict.
As a local debater in the debating societies, while quite a young man, he made
much of a reputation.
1891, Mr. Hunt was married to Miss Mary Myrtle
Hinshaw, an estimable young lady
of Randolph county, with who he is still living happily. Their marriage has been
blessed with but one child, a bright little girl, named Ethel. Mr. Hunt is
passionately fond of his family and devotes all the time he can spare from his
professional and official life, with them.
In 1888 he
was appointed a special expert in the census bureau and discharged the duties
well. In 1889 he formed a law partnership with John R.
Wright, since deceased.
His physician advising him, on account of a tendency toward heart trouble, to
seek more outdoor exercise, he bought a half interest in the Winchester Herald, of
which he became editor, though retaining his law partnership. He was a forcible
and vigorous writer, well posted on public questions. Regaining health, he sold
the newspaper and became a law partner with Clarkson L. Hutchens and
Hutchens, and later became deputy prosecutor under the former. He is a strong
advocate, eloquent, logical, and quick at repartee. On the stump he is also
effective. He is first speech for the Republican party was made when was
seventeen. Ever a staunch believer in the principles of the Republican party he
never allows politics to enter into his personal friendships. He has never
indulged in abuse on the stump. As a political story teller he has few equals. A
"good mixer," he is well liked socially, and is held in high regard by
his neighbors. He has been a member of the city council of Winchester.
to the knights of Pythias order is well known. Becoming a member of the order at
Lynn, Ind., September, 1887, he was largely instrumental in the organization of
Modoc lodge, No. 229, of which he became the first presiding officer. Entering
the Grand lodge of Indiana in 1891, his efforts in behalf of James E. Watson
were largely instrumental in electing Mr. Watson grand prelate. An effort was
made to increase the minimum initiation fee the first year after he entered the
Grand lodge. Many of the weaker lodges felt that this would ruin them. In the
face of seeming defeat, Mr. Hunt moved to strike out the sum newly proposed by
the committee, and, through an eloquent argument for the weaker lodges against
great odds, he won his point. He has attended every convention of the Grand
lodge since becoming a member, and has done much in many ways to advance the
order. Appointed grand instructor by Grand Chancellor Neal, he attended all
district meetings in 1895, was elected grand vice-chancellor in '96 and grand
chancellor in '97. His term in the last named office, ending in October, 1898,
was the longest term of any grand chancellor.
Pythian conclave of '98, his address to the Supreme lodge was pronounced by
visiting Supreme representatives the best they had ever listened to from a grand
1898, he was nominated on the first ballot by the Republican state convention
for secretary of state, over two very estimable gentleman, Chas. F. Coffin of
Indianapolis, and John C. Chaney of Sullivan. His Democratic opponent was Samuel
M. Ralston, of Lebanon, a gentleman of high character, and an able lawyer.
Though the campaign opened September 15, owing to severe illness, Mr. Hunt did
not enter the campaign until October, but after he did begin, he spoke every
day, and many times twice a day till the election, Tuesday, November 8, and did
much toward securing the victory which was won for the Republican ticket.
of Progress in Indiana: A Selected List of Biographical Sketches and Portraits,1899, pages 360-2.
Transcribed by Andrea Long
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