Page 708-709, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


J. L. Hunt, a prominent farmer and stockman of Chelsea township, is a native of Ohio. He was born in Warren county, on November 16, 1864, and is a son of George W. and Sydney (Phillips) Hunt, the former a native of Canada and the latter of Ohio. The Hunt family came to Kansas in 1879, and located in Butler county, where the father bought 200 acres of land and engaged in general farming and stock


raising. He was successful in his undertakings and became one of Butler county's substantial citizens. He and his wife are now deceased.

J. L. Hunt was about fifteen years of age when he came to Butler county with his father, and he has a distinct recollection of the conditions that existed in Butler county in the early days and can relate many interesting incidents of pioneer life. He came here at a time when Butler county was in its early formative period and saw much of Butler county's history in the making, as it were. When he was a boy he worked for fifty cents a day, hauling rock. He had his experiences with the early day prairie fires and other elements of destruction and annoyance which seemed to beset the pathway of the early pioneers. With all the hardships and inconveniences, he experienced many amusing and enjoyable occasions, however. There was an abundance of game here when the Hunt family settled in Butler county, and Mr. Hunt tells of seeing a deer one day while he was deer hunting, as he supposed, but when he saw the deer, he not only forgot that he was deer hunting, but also forgot that he had a gun until the deer was out of range.

Mr. Hunt was married December 5, 1883, to Miss Sarah Davidson, and the following children were born to them: G. R., El Dorado, Kans.; Mrs. Mattie Holderman, El Dorado; Effie, an accomplished musician and a graduate of music, having received a course of instruction under Miss Alta Carter; Leonard, El Dorado; and Hazel, attending school. The wife, and mother of these children, died October 8, 1915. The Hunt family is well known and highly respected in the community, and Mr. Hunt is one of the progressive and substantial citizens of Butler county.

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