Biography of Dr. Ira E. Hunter
Lucas County, OH Biographies

The horizon of every man's achievements is fixed by his own capabilities and Dr. Ira Ellis Hunter, who possesses the requisite ability and the equally necessary qualities of industry and perseverance, has steadily progressed in the field of professional service until he now ranks with Toledo's leading obstetricians. He was born at Shiloh, Richland county, Ohio, May 13, 1869, a son of Samuel and Julania C. (Bréneman) Hunter, the former a native of New York state and the latter of. Huron county, Ohio. Samuel Hunter was a small child when his parents left New York state and came to. Greenwich, Huron county, Ohio, where they were pioneers. Samuel was reared to farm work but in his early life followed the trade of carpenter. He also was a gifted musician and was well known in that connection. For many years previous to his death he conducted a mercantile business at Shiloh, Ohio. Both he and his wife passed away at the old homestead at Greenwich, which is now the property of Dr. Hunter, who is deeply attached to the place because of the memories associated therewith. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hunter.

Ira Ellis Hunter attended the public schools of Shiloh until he reached the age of ten years, when he went to reside with his grandparents, who were living on a farm near Greenwich. He pursued his studies in the district schools and after completing his course in the Greenwich high school he entered Hiram College at Hiram, Ohio. After leaving that institution he taught school for a year at Greenwich and then became a student at the Miami Medical College of Cincinnati, Ohio, from which he was graduated in 1900. He began his professional career at Wooster, Ohio, but was forced to abandon his practice a year and a half later, owing to impaired health. While recuperating he was appointed assistant surgeon for the Soldiers & Sailors Home at Sandusky, Ohio, with which he was connected for twenty three months, and during that period he completely regained his health. He then came to Toledo, where he has since successfully followed his profession, devoting the greater part of his attention to obstetrical cases, in the treatment of which he has developed expert.skill. He is a member of the staff. of St. Vincent's Hospital; and East Side Hospital, and visiting physician to Robinwood, Flower, Maternity & Children's hospitals, and his practice has become one of large proportions.

Dr. Hunter has been married twice. At Des Moines, Iowa, on June 24, 1903, he wedded Miss Lena Mary Kleinfelder, a graduate nurse and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Kleinfelder, prominent residents of that place. Mrs. Hunter passed away in this city, August 20, 1909. On the 24th day of June, 1913, Dr. Hunter married Miss Pearl Belle Langendorf, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Langendorf, members of a well known family of Toledo. Dr. and Mrs. Hunter have two children: Thomas E., who was born July 5, 1915; and Margaret E, born August 15, 1917.

Dr. Hunter volunteered for service in the World war, enlisting in the Medical Reserve Corps, receiving the commission of captain, and was stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia, during 1918 and 1919. While there he was medical advisor to General Peyton C. March and family as well as the family of Major General Charles T. Monomer, who commanded the famous Rainbow Division in France. Dr. Hunter is well known in Masonic circles, being a member of Yondota Lodge, No. 572, F. & A. M.; Port Lawrence Chapter, No. 161, R. A. M.; Vistula Council, No. 108, R & S. M.; St. Omer Commandery, No. 59, K. T.; and in the Scottish Rite he has attained the thirty second degree and is a Noble of Zenobia Temple, R A. O. N. M. S. He is also a member of Maumee Valley Lodge, No. 515, I. O. O. F.; Reuel Encampment, No. 250, and Canton Lucas, No. 3. He is a member of the Toledo Automobile Club and his professional relations are with the Toledo and Lucas County Academy of Medicine, the Maumee Medical Society, of which he is president, the Ohio State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Euclid Avenue Methodist Episcopal church. His residence is at No. 2608 Fulton street.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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