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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 509-510

JAMES W. BUNTEN, an enterprising farmer, owning eighty acres of land in Harrison township, Benton county, was born in Indiana, November 19, 1853, and came to Benton county with his parents, in 1865. He is a son of Samuel G. and Penelope (Burk) Bunten. Samuel Bunten was born in Kentucky, February 4, 1817, and died September 2, 1894; his wife was born March 9, 1820, and died November 2, 1885.

He was reared in Kentucky, and removed to Indiana, where he carried on a farm, and later settled in Benton county, Iowa. He went west in 1851, entered three hundred and twenty acres of land and returned to Indiana, and in 1865 removed with his family to the farm, on which he made all improvements possible. They lived on the farm until his death. His wife was also born in Kentucky, and before her marriage removed to Greensburg, Indiana. They had children as follows: Henry Clay, who enlisted in the Twenty-second Indiana Infantry, and died in the army; Elizabeth, wife of J. G. Warriner, of Polk township, Benton county; Mary Jane, wife of David Harper, of Kansas; Amazette, deceased wife of David Tague; Sarah, widow of Giles Hunt, of Mount Auburn; Amanda, wife of William Pemberton, of Vinton; James W.; Hugh Archie, deceased; John, of Mount Auburn; and 0. P. M. Mr. Bunten was a Republican, held township offices, and was a member of the Christian church.

James W. Bunten was twelve years of age when the family removed to Benton county, and remained on the home farm until twenty-two years of age. He then went to live on the farm he now occupies and though the ground was broken, he has made most of the improvements now on the place. He has good buildings, and everything is kept in good order. He feeds a good many hogs and Short-horn cattle, and breeds Norman horses. In politics Mr. Bunten is a Republican, and takes an active interest in local affairs. He is an industrious and well-to-do farmer, and stands well with his fellows. He is a member of the Christian church and of the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Bunten has held several township offices, which he has filled satisfactorily to all.

When he attained his majority Mr. Bunten married Eliza, daughter of James H. and Hettie (Redington) Pemberton, of Benton county, who had come from Indiana at an early date. James H. Pemberton died in service in the Civil war. Mr. Bunten and his wife have three children, namely: Edith, wife of D. A. Salee, of Harrison township; J. Harrison, living at home; and Lula, also living at home.

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