|Birth: ||Oct. 14, 1843|
|Death: ||Oct. 28, 1901|
History of Floyd County 1917
Hezekiah Blunt was born in Green County, Wisconsin on October 14, 1843 and his wife Elizabeth McCauley was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1841. They were married on December 31, 1862 and became the parents of the following children: John D., born June 15, 1864 (he died in infancy); Mary C, born August 31, 1865 (married George Brown); Charles Richard, born April 1, 1868 and died on February 3, 1902; Hezekiah, born October 7, 1869 (married Edna Elken); Leola R. born October 24, 1872 and died while a child; E.E. born August 6, 1876, now living with his mother on the old home place; Walter C., born March 9, 1879 (married Ella McCauley); B.B., born August 27, 1881 (married Maud Wilson); Bertha, born January 11, 1884 (married Dr. Genung) and Grover C., born March 12, 1887 (married Mabel Crowell) and lives in Charles City.
'An honest man is the noblest work of God'
No greater or grander eulogy can be pronounced upon the memory of mortal than the words above, penned by the foremost poet the world ever produced. That line placed upon a monument should be a tribute sufficient to glorify the sleeper who rests in peace, within the bosom of Mother Earth from life's fitful action. Yet as a neighbor and friend of our recently deceased citizen Hezekiah Blunt we would wish to speak of him.
His father John Blunt , was one of the pioneers of the western country, having emigrated from the state of Ohio to what was then the territory of Wisconsin, where in Green County, on October 14, 1848, the subject of this sketch was boen. When a lad of nine years of age, he came to St. Charles township, and from that time until his death with the exception of a few years spent in Missouri, his life has been passed on the farm which his father purchased in 1852, now located about one mile from Main Street, only Hezekiah by his thrift and management, added many more acres, beside purchaseing the homestead of 240 acres from the other heirs at his father's death.
To this farm on October 14, 1863, he brought his bride, Miss Elizabeth McCauley, formerly a resident of Pennsylvania. The young couple were married by A. W. French, a justice of the peace at that time of Charles City, in the little house that John Blunt built back in the fifties, and which was preserved and placed by the side of the handsome new structure which Hezekiah built some four years ago. Her in the little old farm house where the first happy days of their married life commenced, eight boys and girls have romped and played, worked and studied, and grown to man and womanhood, and as the sparkling stars serve to throw out most clearly the natural blue of the heavens, so have, and still are, the lives of these eight young people, reflecting the loving tender care, the wise counsels, the true inward home life with which they have been blessed through the guidance of their loving parents. In the realms of memory many a picture comes and goes but one lingers this moment in the mind of the writer which we look back upon with pleasure. The outline is the beautiful new frame house replete with every comfort and luxury which had been provided with the loving care of Hezekiah for his family. We were there an invited guest to meet a number of our old friends and neighbors and Hezekiah devoted the entire day to our entertainment; many a pleasant tale he told of his experiences in this section of the country embracing the reminiscences of his life on the farm. After partaking of a bountiful dinner we adjourned to the sitting room and while engaged chatting with Mr. Blunt, Mrs. Blunt cam in and said to us "Our boys did not come into dinner with us because they were in their working clothes, but they are at the table now and I want to you see them all together.: We followed her to the dining room and on her throwing back the folding doors, the six sons and two daughters arose and acknowledged the introduction to their mother's guests with a grace and courtesy which did them honor. The proud look of the father, the tender under tone in the mother's voice as she said, "Our children" - is the perspective of the picture which will always linger pleasantly in our thoughts. Mr. Blunt has left in our midst priceless gems to love and cherish. In the autumn the season of the year, when the harvest gathers in the riches of the field - after the heat when the chill comes, turning the fresh green leaves into the seer and yellow leaves dropping them gently to cover with their soft rustling the naked mother earth - athis was the season God saw fit to call our friend and neighbor home.
Hezekiah Blunt died on Oct. 28, 1901. His funeral took place from his home. Rev. A. R. Tilliaghast of Waterloo conducted the services wand the remains were escorted to Riverside Cemetery by the Masons of which body he was a member, the Knight of Pythias, and a concourse of friends and neighbors whose carriages reached in a line distance from the farm to the city.
Hezekiah Blunt honestly acquired each of his dollars. He used his dollars to provide for an ideal home. In this he succeeded He was just, liberal and honest in his dealings. He held the confidence and friendship of all his acquaintances. People said of him he is a square man. His home life was his heaven. His sons and daughters idolized him and showed their appreciation of their fathers nobility and virtues by imitating them in their own lives.
Mrs. John Blunt his mother, who is now 89 years old, is living with her daughter, Mrs. Roxena Flint in Glen Elder, Kansas, but she was not able to take the journey to attend her son's funeral. The sister, Mrs. Flint, however, came and remains with the bereaved family for some time. A good citizen and an upright man was taken from our midst in the twinkling of an eye when Hezekiah Blunt died.
Charles City Newspaper clipping from Floyd County Museum.
John C Blunt (1812 - 1880)
Maria Wells Blunt (1812 - 1904)
Elizabeth McCauley Blunt (1841 - 1924)*
Mary Concordia Blunt Brown (1865 - 1927)*
Charles Richard Blunt (1868 - 1902)*
Hezekiah Blunt (1869 - 1943)*
Ernest Everett Blunt (1876 - 1944)*
Walter C. Blunt (1879 - 1945)*
Barney B. Blunt (1881 - 1952)*
Bertha Elizabeth Blunt Genung (1884 - 1934)*
Grover Cleveland Blunt (1887 - 1966)*
Hezekiah Blunt (1843 - 1901)
Elizabeth Blunt Thompson (1848 - 1926)*
Charles Mathew Blunt (1851 - 1934)*
Note: Interred on 10/30/1901
Plot: Block 1, Section 79, Row 9, Space 5
Created by: Kathy Gerkins
Record added: Sep 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29754050