|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1829|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1899|
Funeral of Capt. Hunt.
The funeral of Capt. Charles A. Hunt, whose death at his home in Melvina on Thursday, Aug. 24, was briefly chronicled in last week's Democrat, occurred at his former home in that village last Sunday. The following biography and description of the funeral is taken from the Herald of this city.
Capt. Hunt was born in Chatauqua county, N.Y., in 1829, the youngest of six sons born to Melzer and Abigail D. Hunt, both directly descended from the Plymouth Rock Colony. Chas. A. came west, to Grant county in 1845, and started in the milling business there. The gold fever seized him in 1850, and he went to California, but returned in a year, resumed milling, continuing in Grant county till 1856, when he moved up into Vernon county, and erected a mill, which he operated till 1865, when he sold out and came to Monroe county, purchasing 300 acres of land, a part of which is the site of the village of Melvina, which was named in honor of the captain's first wife.
While he was in Vernon county, the war broke out, and he entered the 25th Wisconsin as a private. He was with Sherman at Atlanta, and was made first lieutenant, and soon after captain. His regiment was sent to Minnesota to quell the Indian disturbance in 1862, and after that he went to Vicksburg and was attached to Sherman's corps, participating in the march to the sea. He continued in the service till the end of the war.
He was a staunch Republican, and was elected to the Assembly for the term of '68 '69 and again in 1870. He has held many township offices, and was the first postmaster of Melvina, holding the place for years. In 1873-4 he was appointed to superintend the removal of the Winnebagoes in Wisconsin to their reservation in Nebraska, a task which was attended with no little trouble owing to the unwillingness of the Indians to go, but it was accomplished satisfactorily, by the aid of a company of troops from Fort Snelling , which were quartered in Sparta during that winter.
Capt. Hunt has been married three times, his present wife, formerly Miss Mary E. Casper, to whom he was united in 1890, surviving him.
Six children have been born to him of whom only one is now living, Henry, a merchant of Greenwood, in Clark county. He has also adopted 4 children and has been the guardian of four orphans of deceased soldiers. He was active in all public matters, prominent in church and society, and especially active in temperance work.
For two weeks or more past, the Captain's health has been declining, and for some weeks, if not months, it has been expected that the end would come soon.
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Grand Army, both of which bodies attended his funeral at Melvina, Sunday, Aug. 27th, and assisted in the burial obsequies. On Sunday morning the body was taken in its casket to the church under direction of Undertaker Letson and H. H. L. Child, and lay in state during the forenoon, hundreds of his old friends and neighbors coming to look their last upon him. His wish was to be buried by his Masonic lodge, Valley Lodge No. 60, and with burial honors of the Grand Army, and accordingly a special train was secured, and the necessary arrangements made for the attendance of his brethren and comrades. The train left the Milwaukee depot shortly after one o'clock p.m. Sunday, carrying a hundred and fifty passengers arriving at Melvina in time for the funeral services, which took place in the church, beginning at 2 o'clock, the civic bodies escorting the family and relatives of the deceased from his residence to the church. The services in the church were conducted by Rev. Nuzum, of Viroqua, with Rev. Klein, of the circuit, assisting. The music was finely rendered by the Congregational quartette of this city, Messrs. Jones and Bartlett, Mrs. W. N. Wells, and Miss Elizabeth Baldwin. At the conclusion of the services in the church, the casket was borne out to the grave in the cemetery immediately adjoining the church, and there the Masonic burial service took place, and the body was consigned to mother earth. After the Masonic ceremonies, the Grand Army burial service was delivered , and at the end a firing squad of Co. L fired a triple volley over the grave, and the bugler sounded taps. The ceremonies thus ended, the procession reformed, and proceeded to the residence, escorting the friends of the deceased, and from there the Sparta visitors took their train and returned home.
The intense heat lessened the number of visitors from a distance somewhat, but including those who came from away, probably not less than five hundred people attended the obsequies. The flowers and floral emblems were numerous and magnificent.
End of obituary.
They had 6 children. Charles M. 1851-1862, William Henry (HW)1853-1910, Francis Marion 1855-1894, Earnest 1857 infant, Capitola 1859-1861, Metella Edna 1862-1881.
Melzar Hunt (1791 - 1858)
Abigail Dingley Hunt (1791 - 1845)
Sarah H Hunt (1841 - 1890)
Mary Hunt (1846 - 1921)
Amanda Melvina Ray Hunt (1833 - 1866)*
Capitola A Hunt (____ - 1861)*
Charles M Hunt (1848 - 1862)*
Henry William Hunt (1853 - 1910)*
Francis Marion Hunt (1855 - 1894)*
Created by: Susan Hunt Williams
Record added: Nov 30, 2011
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