|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1821|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1905|
Euclid Lodge No. 65 A.F. & A.M.
Master 1854, 1855, 1865, 1866, 1872, 1878, 1880, 1901
Euclid Chapter No. 13 R.A.M.
High Priest 1858, 1859, 1862, 1865, 1866, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1879, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884
Naperville Village President 1877 & 1878
Naperville Mayor 1890
Passing of a Naperville Pioneer
About one o'clock Tuesday morning, Feb. 7, 1905, at his home in Naperville, James J. Hunt, aged 83 years, 5 months and 16 days, one of the most prominent and respected residents of Naperville, passed away after an illness of two weeks.
The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, and was largely attended, many coming from other towns to pay a last tribute to the memory of their departed friend. The remains were interred in the Naperville Cemetery, where the last sad rites were conducted by Euclid Lodge No. 65, A.F. & A.M., of which he was a member for fifty-four years, having been initiated May 28, 1850; passed June 18, 1850, and raised June 25, 1850. In 1851 he was elected J.D.; in 1852 J.W., and served as W.M. in 1854, 1855, 1865, 1866, 1872, 1878, 1880 and 1901. He was one of Euclid's most active members and only through his efforts was it that the Lodge retained it's charter during the crucial test of 1863-64.
The pall bearers were F. A. Kendall, C. P. Dorn, D. D. Barnard, E. H. Tillson, F.C. Goodrich and A. M. Royce. Honorary pall bearers were Willard Scott, Samuel E. Shimp, A. McS. S. Riddler, Alvin Scott, Daniel Strubler and W. M. Crampton.
James Hunt was a native of Crawford County, Pennsylvania; was born Aug. 19, 1821, and was the fourth child in a family on nine children born to James and Sarah (Jewell) Hunt, natives of Vermont. He married Miss Nancy Converse, a native of Erie County, Pa., in 1843; she dying in 1872.
In the fall of 1844, with his father and mother, he came to Naperville, and worked a year in a plow shop, and in 1846, opened a blacksmith shop upon the present site of the store corner Washington and Liberty Sts., and continued about twelve years.
His first public office was that of sheriff of DuPage county, being elected to fill that office in 1856 and again in 1862.
He engaged in the livery business as early as 1855, and was identified with the business until about 1901. He then sold out his stock, enlisted in the Thirteenth Infantry, and was elected Captain of a company. He took his company to Dixon, Ill., where he turned his office over to Judge Blanchard. He had held the office of Major in militia of Pennsylvania, where he raised a company.
About 1861, he engaged in the hardware business, buying a small stock from another man. The business was small, and his sons conducted the same, but when the war was over he engaged regularly in the enterprise, which at first was principally a tin shop, but gradually grew to a prosperous concern until his retirement in 1893.
He had nine children, three of whom are living. He was married September 3, 1874 to Miss Lucia A. Davis, a native of New York, who survives. The three children living by his first marriage are Charles C., James E. and Eva E.
In politics Mr. Hunt was formerly a Whig, afterwards a republican. For forty years he held the position of Justice of the Peace, during which time he never rendered a decision which was reversed; and has also served the people as Police Magistrate, school trustee for thirty years and when Naperville was organized as a city, was elected our first Mayor in 1890. He was also a member of the village board, being a trustee in 1862, and President for two terms - 1877 and 1878; all of which positions he filled with honor to himself and the people. His life work was certainly an uplift to the community.
Among those attending the funeral were: Judge and Mrs. Batten, Mrs. A. Wetten, Mr. and Mrs. LeBaron, A. B. Cody, Mrs. H. E. Bell, Miss Mertz, of Chicago; A. J. Christie, Wheaton; T. S. Rogers, Geo. Heartt, Wm. Beidelman, Downers Grove.
The Naperville Clarion
February 15, 1905
Nancy Converse Hunt (1824 - 1872)*
Andelusia Davis Hunt (1841 - 1914)*
Infant Son Hunt (1845 - 1845)*
George Nelson Hunt (1846 - 1848)*
Frank William Hunt (1848 - 1896)*
Charles Clark Hunt (1850 - 1916)*
James Everett Hunt (1852 - 1933)*
Sarah Maria Hunt (1855 - 1856)*
Julia Emma Hunt (1857 - 1858)*
Julius Converse Hunt (1860 - 1860)*
Eva Ellsworth Hunt (1864 - 1951)*
Plot: Sec 1 Lot 80 Plot 1
Created by: Timothy Ory
Record added: Apr 08, 2009
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