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Dr. Charles H. Hunt


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall (email)
Date: 6/21/2006 at 07:44:36

Dr. Charles H. Hunt, a popular, successful and able dentist, of Oelwein, Iowa, was born in Utica, New York, October 9, 1837, descending from a family of English origin. His paternal gradparents were Andrew and Anna (McDougal) Hunt, and their son, Dr. Jeremiah Hunt, was the father of our subject. He was born near Albany, New York, October 19, 1813, and in early life studied medicine, becoming a regular practitioner. He was graduated at the medical college at Herkimer, new York, and began practice in Utica, that State, but his progressive views and desire for advancement led him to investigate the new theories and practices of homeopathy. Ultimately he attended the Cleveland Homeopathic School, completed the course at that institution, and was ever afterward a pronounced advocate of the new system. His next place of residence was in Syracuse, New York, where he prosecuted his chosen profession for several years, then removed with his family to McGregor, Iowa, in 1870, making his home there until his death, which occurred September 19, 1881. He married Julia A. Kimball, who was born in New York, February 13, 1815, and survived him ten years, passing away in McGregor June 9, 1891. In December following their remains were removed from the cemetery at McGregor and transferred to the old family burying-ground in Syracuse, New York.

Dr. and Mrs. Hunt had a family of three children, of whom Charles H., of this review, is the eldest. William, the second, enlisted for service in the Union army, and was shot at petersburg, a poisoned ball entering the right knee, following along the bone and entering the body. He died in August, 1865, in the chesapeake hospital, and was buried in the family cemetery at Syracuse, New York. Alfred O., the youngest, was one of the founders of the Iowa Dental College, of Iowa City, and has served as dean of the institution since its establishment, in 1885. He was married to Miss Maria Church, a native of New York, and they reside in Iowa City.

Dr. Hunt, of this review, acquired his preliminary education in the public schools near his home, and then entered the Cooperstown College, of Cooperstown, New York, at which he was graduated with the class of 1853. During that time he was a schoolmate of Roscoe Conkling. He then entered the dental office of Dr. H.R. White and studied dentistry, practicing atb the same time. He further fitted himself for his chosen calling by his attendance at the dental college of Onondaga, New York, at which institution he was graduated in 1854, with the degree of D.D.S. He then opened an office of his own in Utica, New York, where he remained for four years, when he removed to McGregor, Iowa, continuing at that point until 1890. He next engaged in practice in Waukon, Iowa, and since 1894 has been established in business in Oelwein. He is one of the most efficient and capable members of the profession in this part of the State, and keeps fully abreast with the rapid strides in the direction of perfecting their art made by the profession. His genial, social manner has made him friends in the various places where he has pursued his profession, and he is now a popular and highly esteemed citizen of Oelwein. In his political faith he is a Democrat, and he and his wife attend the services of the Episcopal church.

On the 3d of November, 1890, Dr. Hunt was united in marriage with Miss Cora Cleveland, a native of Monona, Clayton county, Iowa, born October 8, 1873, the only daughter of Oscar and Mary (Snell) Cleveland. She is a graduate of the public schools of Monona, and a cultured, intelligent lady. By her marriage she has become the mother of one child, Freddie C., born in Postville, Iowa, May 10, 1892.

-source: A Memorial and biographical record of Iowa; Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1896; pg. 988-989

-transcribed for Clayton co. IAGenWeb by S. Ferrall


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