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HUNTLEY, Calvin S. 1840-1895


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/20/2011 at 14:29:50

One of the Foremost Citizens of Grundy County Passes to his Final Rest

A gloom of sorrow was cast over this community last Friday when the news was received that Mr. C. S. Huntley died very suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward Packard, in Beaver township, last Thursday afternoon. The particulars of his death as near as we can learn them are about as follows:
For a long time Mr. Huntley has been subject to hepatic colic and he went to New Hartford to consult a physician about his trouble and while there was taken sick. He was removed from the physician's office to his daughter's house a short distance out from New Hartford. The family felt that he was seriously ill, but with the good care he was receiving they were encouraged to believe that he would recover his usual health in a few days. Their hopes were never to be realized and on Thursday afternoon he crossed into a happier and better land to await the final resurrection.

Calvin S. Huntley was born December 13, 1840, and was the youngest son of Selden and Lovisa Huntley, natives of Connecticut, where they followed the occupation of farming. The great-grandfather of our subject, H. S. Huntley, was also a native of the Nutmeg state and lived to be ninety-nine years old. The deceased's father was reared to man's estate in his native place and emigrated to Ashtabula county, Ohio, where he located on a large farm. He worked very hard cultivating this land and succeeded in accumulating considerable property, but it was swept away by going security for other people. He was a whig in politics and died at the age of sixty-four years. Mrs. Lovisa Huntley, the mother of our subject, received her education in Old Lyme, and survived her husband many years. She was a devoted christian and was called to the better land in 1863.

Calvin S. Huntley received a good education in the schools near his home in Ashtabula, Ohio, and on completing his studies taught school for twenty-two consecutive terms. On obtaining his majority he was united in marriage to Miss Lemira Fobes, a native of Ashtabula county, Ohio, where she received a good education. Her parents were natives of Connecticut and after they removed to Ohio spent the remainder of their days on the farm. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Huntley: Fred L., Sheridan S., Libby A., Etta B., Frank J., Jay O. and Iva M. The children have all been given a good education and Miss Libby, who is a school teacher at the present time, holds a state certificate.

Prior to coming to this state Mr. Huntley owned a farm in Ohio which he disposed of in 1859, and after his arrival in Iowa he taught a term of school in New Hartford. In the fall of that year he returned to Ohio where he was married. There he remained until 1865 when he went to Butler county and rented a farm which he worked for two years. At the expiration of that time he made his advent into Beaver township where he purchased eighty acres near his late home. After locating here he worked on his farm in the summer and taught school during the winter months until he could see his way clear to give his entire time and attention to his farm pursuits.

In 1862 Mr. Huntley offered his services to the Union army, enlisting as a member of Co. E., 105th Ohio Reg., and went to Cleveland, O., but was never mustered into service on account of physical disability. Mr. Huntley was a republican and has filled various township offices and when the writer came to this county some five years ago he was an honored member of the board of supervisors and has always been one of the leading advisors from his section of the county. He was an earnest christian being a member of the M. E. church.

The funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Brown, the text for the sermon being I Cor. 15:22. He also read two chapters in Psalms, chapters 10 and 103, which the deceased was wont to dwell on during his life. His favorite songs were also sung.

In his death the wife loses a devoted and faithful husband, the children an affectionate and an indulgent father and the community a citizen whose place cannot be easily filled.

The deceased has legions of friends throughout the county who extend their heart felt sympathy to the family in this their trying hour. May the Lord comfort them in their sorrow is the prayer of the Republican.

--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 February 1895


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