Leroy Hunt has served as a member of the board of county supervisors and for many years was engaged in farming
in Marion county, but in the spring of 1914. sold his farm property and embarked in merchandising in Swan as a
dealer in general hardware, implements and lumber. Already he has built up a gratifying trade in this connection
and devotes almost his entire attention to the business. However, he is the vice president and one of the stockholders
of the Swan Savings Bank.
Mr. Hunt is a native son of Marion county. His birthplace was an old log cabin on the home farm of his father,
the late Daniel Hunt, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this volume. His natal day was September 2, 1858, and
he remained upon the old homestead until he started out in the business world on his own account. For a long period
he owned and cultivated a farm of two hundred and four acres about a mile east of the old home place and made a
specialty of the breeding and raising of Percheron horses, as did his father. He continued as a stock breeder until
he sold out in order to embark in the hardware business. He has the largest establishment of the kind in the village.
The business was established by J. S. Bellamy and conducted later by a Mr. Ackenberry, while subsequently the business
was taken over by Mr. Seglar, of the Seglar Lumber Company, and in time became the property of the O'Dell Lumber
Company, from whom Mr. Hunt purchased the business in 1914. He now conducts his interests under the name of the
Swan Lumber Company. His trade is large and extends over parts of Marion and Warren counties. He employs from two
to four men and his stock and building represent an investment of about twenty thousand dollars. As a stock raiser
and farmer he was energetic and progressive. He ever kept his fields in a high state of cultivation and his place
always presented a neat and thrifty appearance.
On the 3d of July, 1881, Mr. Hunt was united in marriage to Miss Laura A. Beitzell, a sister of Mrs. Emerson Hunt,
who is also mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Mrs. Laura A. Hunt was born in Marion county, was here reared and
was educated in the public schools. To Mr. and Mrs. Hunt have been born eight children. Mrs. Maude Stradley, a
widow who resides at Swan, has five children. Her husband, the late William Stradley, was a prominent stockman
and was killed by lightning in Oklahoma. W. S., the next member of the family, is at home. Bess is the wife of
O. S. O'Dell, a lumberman at Beach, Warren county, and they have one child. Edwin, who follows farming near Salem,
Marion county, is married and has one child. Clare is the wife of C. C. Hooper, who is associated with her father
in business, and they have one child. Orville and Oral are twins. The former is at home and the latter is the wife
of Roland Freel, of Chariton, by whom she has one child. Lizzie completes the family.
Politically Mr. Hunt is a republican and has always given his support to the party since age conferred upon him
the right of franchise. He has always taken part in local politics and has filled various township offices beside
being for six years a member of the board of county supervisors of Marion county. He is a charter member of Riverside
Lodge, No. 478, I. O. O. F., which he aided in organizing, and he and his wife are connected with the Rebekahs.
He has a wide, acquaintance in this county, in which he has always lived. It is not difficult for him to make friends
because he is easy of approach and because he is considerate of the feelings and wishes of others. His life is
guided by straightforward principles and in all of his business dealings he has never been known to take advantage
of the necessities of another.
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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