Biography of James H. Hunter
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





JAMES HARRIS HUNTER. - Since first coming to Eureka in 1888 Mrs. Hunter has been in close touch with the interests of the city and during much of the time he has made his home here, having since 1901 carried on a real estate business that keeps him thoroughly posted in regard to property valuations and farm as well as municipal opportunities. Forceful in energy and honorable in all dealings, he has won a host of friends in California and is himself a stanch "booster" of the state and particularly of the undeveloped acreage in Humboldt county, where he believes that men of industry, intelligence and some capital may find an opening for profitable investment unexcelled by any section of the state. In early life he was familiar with the rigors of the Nova Scotian climate, for in that province, where he was born June 8, 1862, he earned a livelihood by manual toil in camps and mills. In search of the opportunities offered by an environment less rigorous and a climate less trying he first settled in Colorado, but from there came to California, settling in Eureka in 1888 and securing employment at the Vance mill. Having learned the trade of sawyer, he was able to find work in this locality and continued in the same mill for two years. From that occupation he drifted into the service of the lumber company as station agent for their railroad at Singley's. Four years later he was transferred from that station to Fortuna, where he remained for five years and meanwhile he gave two years to the real estate business in his last location.

An excellent record in a campaign for sheriff as the Republican nominee nevertheless failed to place Mr. Hunter in the office desired, and, as he had established a home in Eureka, he thereupon embarked in the realty business at this point. During 1910 George W. Owsley was admitted into partnership and the firm of Hunter & Owsley now maintains offices at No. 508 A street, where those seeking information in regard to favorable deals in farms or city real estate receive the most courteous attention and their wants have intelligent consideration. At present the firm is specializing in the sale of five and ten acre tracts in a subdivision of three hundred acres on Elk river, and these small farms meet with a ready sale among people desiring to make a small and safe investment. In fraternal relations Mr. Hunter is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of Pythias. On coming to Humboldt county he was still single and later he was united with Miss Mary Barber, who was born and reared in this county, and by whom he has two children, Mildred and Kempton, the former being now the wife of Morris D. Tracy. Mrs. Hunter is a member of a pioneer family of the northwest coast of California. Her father, Isaac Barber, a skilled woodsman, drove an ox team in the logging camps and was widely acquainted among the lumbermen of the early days.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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