Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - John Hunt

John Hunt
The following is a typed obituary for my 2nd Great Grandfather, John Hunt. My copy is simply hand typed, with no indication of a source or publication date.

John Hunt, 96, of Riverside, California, died Wednesday December 29, 1965. The funeral will be held at the Preston-Rasmussen Mortuary in Riverside.

Mr. Hunt was born October 3, 1869 in Johnson County, Iowa. He was married to Jennie Johnson in 1896 at Blair, Nebraska. They moved to Coleridge, Nebraska where they farmed and reared their family. He lost his beloved wife in 1914 and continued on farming until 1919 when he moved with his childeren [sic] to Fairfax, So. Dakota, where he had a Creamery and Produce business. He has lived with his son Theodore, in Riverside, California for the last twenty years.

He leaves to morn his loss a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Brassfield, of Portland, Oregon, a son, Theodore, of Hoquiam, Washington. Sixteen grandchildren, 36 Great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Ida Gilbert of West Covian, California.

Mr. Hunt took great pride in his grandchildren and their families. Up until he was 90 years old, he spent his time traveling across the county visiting each of them. His loss will be felt by the host of relatives and friends he has gained clear across the continent.

The fi[n]al service and burial will be in the Coleridge Cemetery at Coleridge, Nebraska.

I would add that my notes say he was born in Downey, Cedar County, Iowa, which is about a mile east of the Cedar County-Johnson County border. Perhaps the family lived in Johnson County, but he was born in Cedar? I'll have to dig a little deeper on that.

My notes also have John Hunt and the family living in Precinct 17, Cedar County, Nebraska January 1920 during the 1920 census, so the obituary may be inaccurate on the date for the move to Fairfax, SD.

There is another discrepancy in the obit, it says he lived in Riverside, California with his son Theodore Hunt, but also that Theodore Hunt was of Hoquiam, Washington.

I'm not certain of his middle name, I have "Elwood?" written in my notes. Is that right?