Biography of Charles C. Hunt
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Charles C. Hunt, engaged in the abstract business in Montezuma, serving for his third term as county treasurer and well known throughout the state as a prominent representative of the Masonic fraternity, was born at Cleveland, Ohio, November 9, i866, his parents being William George and Mary (Chase) Hunt. The father was born in Iient county, England, August 7, 1803, and there resided until about forty years of age, when he crossed the Atlantic to New York. He was a gilder, working for a long period in gold leaf. After coming to the United States he studied medicine and engaged in its practice. In 1870, after living for some time in Ohio, he came to Iowa, settling in Jones county, and his death occurred in Monticello, that county, in 1886. He was three times married and was a widower when he left his native land. He afterward wedded Mary Chase, who was born in Pennsylvania, July 5, 1845, and is now a resident of Walsenburg, Colorado. They were the parents of two children, the younger being W. C. Hunt, also of Walsenburg.

Charles C. Hunt, the elder son, accompanied his parents on their removal from Cleveland, Ohio, to Monticello, Jones county, Iowa, where he resided until 1887. Having attained his majority, he left home and made his way to Grinnell, where he resumed his education. In 1892 he was graduated from Iowa College at Grinnell with the Bachelor of Arts degree and later he engaged in teaching school until appointed deputy county treasurer in May, 1895. At a later election he was chosen treasurer and is now serving for his third term in that office, proving himself a most faithful custodian of the public funds. He has made an unassailable record in this position and the confidence reposed in him is indicated in the fact that he has been three times chosen for the office. His political allegiance has been given to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and he is an earnest worker in its ranks. For one term he served as a member of the school board at Montezuma and in March, 1911, was again elected to that position for a three years' term. He has ever been an active champion of the cause of education. On the 1st of January, 1911, he took charge of the abstract books formerly owned by E. J. Lewis. He purchased these books and now has a complete set of abstracts of real estate in Poweshiek county.

In 1898 occurred the marriage of Charles C. Hunt and Miss Catharine M. Knapp, who was born in Minnesota, July 4, 1871, and there resided with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Knapp, of Smithfield, Minnesota, up to the time of her marriage. She has become the mother of four children: Lucian F., George A., Evelyn K. and Catharine L.

Mr. Hunt is a very prominent Mason, having attained high rank in the order. He belongs to Lafayette Lodge, No. 52, A. F. & A. M., and both he and his wife are members of Lafayette Chapter, No. 232, O. E. S. He is connected with Capitular Masonry as a member of Hyssop Chapter, No. 50, R. A. M., with Cryptic Masonry as a member of King Solomon. Council, No. 20, R. & S. M., and with Chivalric Masonry as a Knights Templar of De Paynes Commandery, No. 6. He has also attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite in Des Moines Consistory, S. P. R. S., and belong to Kaaba Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He likewise holds membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias and his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian church. His quietude of deportment, his easy dignity, his frankness and cordiality of address with a total absence of anything sinister or anything to conceal, foretoken a man who is ready to meet any obligation of life with the confidence and courage that come of conscious personal ability, a right conception of things and an habitual regard for what is best in the exercise of human activities.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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