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Thomas Benton Hunter (1931)


Posted By: Linda Brittain (email)
Date: 8/3/2006 at 20:56:56

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
December 17, 1931 – page 1

Death of Thomas B. Hunter

Thomas Hunter, who has been a resident of Winterset for a number of years, died at his home, in the southeast part of town, Friday, December 11th, after an illness of several months. Mr. Hunter formerly lived on a farm, southwest of Winterset, but came to Winterset in 1884 to engage in the draying business. Ill health compelled him to give up this work, some time ago.

Mr. Hunter who was born near Iowa City, was married to Miss Elizabeth M. McLees at Winterset, on March 1, 1877. They were the parents of two children, Merle W. Hunter, who died September 19, 1930 and Mrs. Esther Pilmer of Des Moines. He also leaves two brothers and three sisters.

The Rev. W. C. Porter conducted his funeral services at the United Presbyterian church, Sunday afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock, and burial was in the Winterset cemetery. More details of his life may be found in the mortuary column on page three.

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
December 17, 1931 – page 3

Thomas B. Hunter

Thomas Benton Hunter was born near Iowa City on July 20, 1854. He died at his late home in Winterset December 11, 1931, aged 77 years.

He was the son of John C. and Susan Phillips Hunter. He married Miss Elizabeth M. McLees at Winterset on March 1, 1877. To them were born two children: Merle W. Hunter, who died September 19, 1930, and Mrs. Esther Pilmer of Des Moines. Two brothers and three sisters outlive him, William Hunter of Earlham, Andrew Hunter of Morse, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Green of West Branch, Iowa, Mrs. H. C. Coffman, Lotan, California and Mrs. Etta M. Coulter of Iowa City. There are six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Hunter was a worker all his life. He was raised on a farm. After his marriage he returned to Iowa City and farmed two years. He then moved to Des Moines and later to the farm southwest of Winterset. In 1884 he came to Winterset and engaged in draying till failing strength forced his retirement. He has suffered weakness and ailment many years.

He was a man of humble quiet determined faith. His parents baptized him in the Methodist church in infancy. He united with the U. P. Church of Winterset in 1900. His last illness was a time of ripening patience and faith. Just a few moments before his departure he spoke his last works which were a fervent prayer, “O Lord, guide me through.”


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