Biography of E. S. Hunt
Howard County, IN Biographies





E. S. HUNT, of the firm of E. S. Hunt & Co., was born December 13, 1841, in Henry County, Ind., and was one of nine children born to Nathan and Caroline (Hosier) Hunt. His father was a native of North Carolina, and his mother was born in this State. The parents moved to New Lebanon, Monroe Township, this county, when their son was but three years of age. His father was a carpenter. With the aid of his sons, he improved forty acres of timber land. E. S. Hunt was taught the use of tools while young, and, when he was thirteen years old, he accompanied his father at carpentering, and at eighteen was a competent mechanic, and at this age he built the largest barn then in Howard County. This barn contained 111 sticks of square timber, which was scored and hewed from the tree. He continued at his trade until August, 1862, when he enlisted in Company G, Eighty-ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He served as a private in this regiment one year, when he was transferred and promoted as Quartermaster Sergeant of the Third United States Colored Heavy Artillery. A few months later, he was promoted to First Lieutenant, and later he was transferred to the First Tennessee Colored Militia. He was Captain of this company during the remainder of the war. After serving faithfully for over three years, he was honorably discharged. On reaching home, he worked at his trade for a short time, when he bought an engine and threshing machine, and engaged in this business for seven successive seasons. In the meantime, he and his brother were running a planing-mill at New London. They continued this business until 1875, when they moved their machinery to Russiaville, where they operated with marked success for one year. They exchanged this for the furniture factory owned by A. Kline, to which they added new machinery, making a planing mill, and sash and door factory, at a cost of about $16,000. The company of H. & E. S. Hunt added a lumber yard to their mill, and continued in business until February, 1882, when E. S. exchanged his interest in the factory for H. Hunt's interest in the lumber yard. Mr. E. S. Hunt has since given his attention to the wholesale and retail trade of hard and soft wood lumber. Their yard is well filled, they having $50,000 invested in stock. Mr. Hunt started in life a poor boy, and by hard work and economy he now owns 201 acres of well-improved land in Howard Township, worth $12,000, besides good city property, and a fourth interest in the lumber yard of E. S. Hunt & Co., of which he is manager. He has never been an aspirant to office, but he has served two terms as Justice of the Peace in Monroe Township, and has been one of the City Councilmen of Kokomo for four years. He is a live, energetic business man, and is a Republican in principle. He was married in May, 1861, to Miss Mahala Ratcliffe, of Howard County. She was born September 11, 1841, and was the daughter of William and Mary A. Ratcliffe. The result of this union is eight children - Elzir, Mary C., E. Della, William M., Emma F., Lillie, Exie Elmore and Glen G.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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