Emerson Hunt, a farmer and stockman, owns and cultivates three hundred and twenty three acres of land on sections
16, 17, 20 and 21, Swan township, his residence being on section 21, not far from the old homestead farm which
for many years was occupied by his parents. For a considerable period he engaged extensively in the breeding of
Norman horses but now confines his attention to the breeding of cattle and hogs and to the raising of grain. He
owns the land upon which his birth occurred on the 28th of October, 1854, his parents being Daniel and Caroline
(Vanderford) Hunt. The latter is now living in Swan at the age of eighty three years but the former has passed
away. Extended mention is made of them on another page of this work.
Emerson Hunt remained at home until twenty two years of age, or until 1876, when he was united in marriage with
Miss Georgia Beitzell, who was born in Marion county, near Wheeling, July 27, 1857, a daughter of George C. and
Keziah (Mills) Beitzell, who were early residents of this county. Both were natives of Indiana, the latter born
near Greencastle. They were reared in the Hoosier state and as young people came to Iowa, their marriage being
celebrated at Hartford, Warren county, on the 3d of July, 1855. Soon afterward they removed to Wheeling, Iowa,
where Mr. Beitzell conducted a blacksmith shop, following that business throughout the remainder of his life. He
died in October, 1900, when about seventy five years of age. He served as a soldier in the Civil war, enlisting
at Red Rock, and for three years was with the cavalry forces, during which time he participated in many hotly contested
engagements and thus aided in winning the victory which finally crowned the Union arms. He was a member of the
Grand Army post at Milo, Warren county, and he and his wife were faithful and consistent members of the Christian
church. His widow survived him for about three years and died in 1903 at Waterloo, at the age of seventy one years,
her last days being spent in the home of her daughter. In their family were eight children, all born in Marion
county, and seven are yet living: Mrs. Hunt; Edward, a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska; John and Orville, who are
living in Warren county; Kate, the wife of J. W. Myers, of Idaho; Laura A., who married Leroy Hunt; Charles, living
in Swan; and Mrs. Ida May McDaniel, who died in 1894. She, too, had been a resident of Swan.
Mrs. Hunt was reared in this county and attended the public schools. By her marriage she has become the mother
of five children. Chester C., the eldest, wedded a Miss Brewer, of Des Moines, by whom he has six children. He
now follows farming in Swan township. Elsie is the wife of F. L. Beck, of Des Moines, who is interested in coal
mines. Mabel is the wife of W. E. Wellons, of Dallas, who is principal of the schools, and they have three children.
May married C. G. Farr, a traveling salesman residing in Des Moines, and they have two children. Roy E., who is
associated with his father in carrying on the home farm, married Miss Hazel Newman and they have two children.
Mr. and Mrs. Hunt have thirteen grandchildren and all were at home on Thanksgiving day of 1914, an interesting
Emerson Hunt was reared to farm life and has always carried on agricultural pursuits. He built his present fine
residence about thirty years ago and he also has two other residences upon the farm. He has worked on persistently
and energetically in the development and improvement of his place and has won success by close application, persistency
of purpose and careful management. For years he was one of the successful breeders of Norman horses but at the
present time is concentrating his efforts upon the raising of cattle and hogs and the production bf grain. His
political allegiance is given to the republican party and he has served in several township offices. He is never
neglectful of the duties of citizenship yet his foremost interest is his farm, which enables him to provide well
for his family. He is today one of the men of affluence in Swan township, where he has always lived, being numbered
among the worthy pioneer citizens.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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