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Hunt, F. B.


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Date: 5/26/2021 at 12:00:41

F. B. Hunt, one of the prominent stock-growers and breeders of Washington County, is a native of Kane County, Ill., born June 1, 1846. He was educated at the Fulton Military Academy, at Fulton, Ill., and at Notre Dame, near South Bend, Ind., where he remained about two years, and was compelled to abandon his studies on account of failing eyesight. Soon after leaving school he commenced the business of an auctioneer, which he successfully followed for more than twenty years. In March, 1885, he came to Washington County, where he purchased property of D. L. Wheelock, and has now a farm of 400 acres of valuable land, all of which is well improved and well stocked.

Mr. Hunt was married in St. Charles, Kane Co., Ill., Nov. 25, 1867, to Miss Betsy B. Flint. By this union there are four children Frank C., Bertha F., Eva May and Ettie W. In politics, Mr. Hunt is a Democrat, and during the campaign of 1884, in company with H. H. Harrison, sang at many of the political meetings of his party throughout the State, adding much to the enthusiasm of the occasion. He was Mayor of the city of St. Charles for six years, held the office of Police Magistrate for six years, and was a member of the City School Board for several years.

Few men are more actively engaged in business than Mr. Hunt. He is the owner of a cheese factory near St. Charles, Ill., and is a member of the Board of Trade at Elgin, Ill. In this county he is engaged in the breeding of fine stock, and is the owner of some of the best horses in Washington County. In another part of this volume will be found a more extended account of his stock farm, to which the attention of the reader is called. While a citizen of this county but a short time, Mr. Hunt has been quite actively engaged, is well known throughout the entire county and has made many friends.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa (1887). Excerpt from Biographical Sketch of F. B. Hunt, page 410.


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