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 Caroline E. <I>Wood</I> Hunt

Caroline E. Wood Hunt

New York, USA
Death 4 Nov 1901 (aged 74–75)
Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 100002181 · View Source
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Mrs. Caroline Hunt, aged 75 years, died very suddenly at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Warren H. Smith, Grand Ave., with whom she made her home. At noon Mrs. Hunt was as well as she had been for some time, but about 12:30 she suffered a stroke of apoplexy which caused her death about one o'clock. Mrs. Hunt was born in New York State and came to Caldwell, Racine Co., with her parents in 1838. Albert Hunt, the husband of the deceased died in 1850 and a very romantic story is connected with his death. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Smith of this city and Mrs. Myra Wilkins of Alamosa, Col. There are also eight grand children and two great grand children surviving. The funeral will be held from the residence at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon and Elder Hubbard of Caldwell, the life long friend and pastor of the deceased, will officiate. Interment will be at Prairie Home cemetery.

The death of Mrs. Hunt recalls a pathetic story of the California gold excitement, and a tragedy that cast a deep shadow over all the remaining days of her life after 1850. That year her husband, Alfred B. Hunt, joined the great throng from this state in search of a fortune in the far west. He died on the road of cholera and was buried on the banks of the Green River.

Until 1858 Mrs. Hunt had no knowledge of the exact spot where the companion of her youth was interred but strangely enough three years ago in a magazine article she found the long-sought for information. The article was in a sample copy of the periodical Recreation and it was devoted to the memories and remains of the old California trail, which was near the home of the writer. The one grave in the vicinity that was marked, said the writer, bore the inscription:

Racine County, Wis.
Died July 1, 1850, aged 26 years.

The writer of the article was Mrs. Ira Dodge, whose home was at Willowglen, sixty-five miles from the old trial. Thus, after fifty years Mrs. Hunt ascertained the spot where her husband was buried. She was intensely aroused and for months lived in the memory of the old days and the recollections of the scenes of long ago.

Alfred Hunt was 29 not 26 years of age when he joined the party to go out west. There were 16 men in the party, all Caldwell people. The Ressigne brothers, James and Addison, Daniel Wood, whose widow resides in this city, and Mr. Holt, father of Robert Holt of this city, were among the number. The party got into straights for food before reaching the Rocky Mountains and many of the horses died. The horses on Mr. Hunt's wagon died. Then Hunt sickened with cholera and his death came quickly. His companions took his wagon-box and fashioned of it a coffin for the body, placing the end-board of it at the head of the grave. Wood, Hunt's brother-in-law, wrote the inscription with the "dope" used in the old lynch-pin wagons. It seems very remarkable that this inscription should be still legible.

Mrs. Hunt remained faithful to her young husband all her life and taught her children and grand-children to revere his name. She was 22 years old when he went away and she was 75 years of age when she died.

Waukesha Freeman, November 7, 1901, Page 1

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100002181
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline E. Wood Hunt (1826–4 Nov 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100002181, citing Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by KJS (contributor 47179008) .