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 Ernest Frank Hunt

Ernest Frank Hunt

Birth
Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 Oct 1933 (aged 62)
Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Burial Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, USA
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Father: S. R. Hunt born in New York
Mother: Mary F. Hardy born in New York

Idaho Death Certificate #86155

"Ernest F. Hunt. Among those whose activities in the mercantile field have served to give prestige in their various communities, the name of Ernest F. Hunt, of Meridian has a conspicuous place. The son of a merchant, reared in the atmosphere of trade and commerce, and following that vocation from the time when he first began his business career, when he decided upon Meridian as his field of operations, he brought to this city a wide and practical knowledge of his business that has served to materially advance the commercial importance of this section. His energies have not been wholly confined to the business of which he is the directing head, however, for he has at all times found leisure to interest himself in behalf of public movements, and his reputation as a public-spirited citizen is only equaled by the high regard in which he is held among his business associates. Mr. Hunt was born September 17, 1871, at Quincy, Illinois, and is a son of Samuel R. and Mary Frances (Hardy) Hunt. His father, a native of New York, brought the family west as far as Kansas in 1871, and there first began work as a carpenter, a trade which he had learned in his youth. Subsequently, however, he established himself in a mercantile business at Peabody, Kansas, and he continued to be a successful merchant throughout the remainder of his life, his death occurring at Lawrence, Kansas, May 13, 1912, when he had reached the ripe old age of eighty-three years. His wife, also a native of the Empire State, died in Kansas in 1898. They had a family of seven children, of whom Ernest F. was the next to the youngest.

"Ernest F. Hunt was still an infant when taken to Kansas by his parents, and there his education was secured in the pioneer schools of Peabody. On completing his educational training, he at once was initiated into the details of the mercantile business in the store of his father, and eventually he opened a store of his own, which he conducted with uniform success for about ten years. At that time he disposed of his interests and came to Idaho, locating in Boise, from which city he traveled for three years as salesman for the Shaw Advertising Company. On leaving the employ of that concern, Mr. Hunt came to Meridian and opened a small mercantile establishment, which has since been developed into one of the leading enterprises of its kind in this part of Ada county. As a business man there may be said to be three excellent reasons why Mr. Hunt has attained success—energy, system, and practical knowledge. It has ever been his policy to give to his patrons the best of quality, and his stock compares favorably with that of the large stores all over the state. His sterling integrity and honesty of purpose have gained him many friends and the confidence of his patrons, and no man is more highly esteemed in his community.

"In 1892 Mr. Hunt was married in Kansas to Miss Anna M. Nusbaum, and to this union there have been born five children: Helen, born in 1894 in Kansas, a graduate of the Meridian public and high schools; Hazel, born in 1896, in Kansas, and now attending the schools of Meridian; Herma, born in 1809, in Kansas, also a student here; Fred, born in 1903, in Boise, Idaho, and a scholar in the graded schools; and Frank, born in 1907, in Boise. Mr. Hunt has always had supreme confidence in the future welfare of Idaho, and his faith in Meridian's development as a commercial and industrial center of importance, as well as his high abilities, have caused him to be elected to the office of secretary of the Meridian Commercial Club. His fraternal connection is with the Odd Fellows, and in political matters he is a Republican, but has not found time to enter the public arena. When he can command leisure from his business activities, he is usually found at his comfortable residence, of which he is very fond, although like all virile men of the west, outdoor life and sports also attract him. Mrs. Hunt belongs to the Methodist church, where her numerous friends testify cheerfully to her popularity". [History of Idaho: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress..., Volume 3 By Hiram Taylor French (1914)]


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  • Maintained by: Kat Carter
  • Originally Created by: Aaron
  • Added: 22 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40988114
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernest Frank Hunt (17 Sep 1871–16 Oct 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40988114, citing Meridian Cemetery, Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Kat Carter (contributor 47421883) .