09 May 1902 Decatur Herald Newspaper (Decatur, Illinois p7
DECATtJR SEMI-WEEKLY LAGKEDFEWYEARS Of Having Reached His One Hundredth Birth- ' day THE DEATH OF EDWARD At Age Of 96 Years-Was the Fatber Contractor P. H. Hunt--Funeral Saturday The death of Edward Hunt, father Contractor P. H. Hunt, occurred at home, 1000 East Eldorado street, Thursday morning at 2:30 o'.dock. The of Mr. H u n t was not unexpected, having been in failing health for some time and being well advanced in years. N o t w i t h s t a n d i n g manifested wonderful vitality, haring been up and around his home on Wednesday morning. About 10 o'clock that morning the old gentleman felt tired and went bed. The f a m i l y physician was and said that Mr. Hunt could not live, that his time had conic. When the dis- I solution came he was surrounded by his venerable wife, Catherine Hunt, and his .children, Mrs. Anna Padgett, Miss Mnggio Hunt, Patrick Hunt, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. At tho time of his death Mr. H was in -his 00th year. -He was bom Ireland and was married there to Catherine Brouuock. The couple came to America in 1810 and first took up their residence in K e n t u c k y , but live later removed to Springfield, where they resided for live years. In 185(1 Mr. H u n t became a c i t i z e n of He rejnoved to N i a n l i c and the first house in that town and made his home there for several years. He went there to assist in the work of b u i l d i n g what is now known Wabash railroad. When the track l a y i reached the town a wood anil water station was established ami for a time N i a n t i c , from a r a i l r o a was looked upon as a more i m p o town t h a n \ Decatur. For a period of ten years he looked a f t e r t h a t station tor the assisted by some of his sous. In those days the engines, which were not many ou the road, had to take water from hand pumps and Mr. Hunt looked after that work in addition to piling the cord wood which was used for fuel, and looking a f t e r the station. He invested in land north a n d of the town, the settlers and neighbors at that time being Jesse Lockhurt, Wilkinson, Dr. Henry Clark, Dr. Pharis nil the decedent, wlio is the last of coterie of old settlers to die. With the breaking out of the war and the entry of his sons in the service, Mr. Hunt abandoned his duties as agent for the company and 'devoted himself to f a which pursuit he -followed u n t i l when be removed 1o Decatur and has sinco been n resident of this city. Up u n t i l the time of his death mind remained clear and his memory good. The m o r n i n g before he was recounting old times. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic church. Two of his sons died several years ago; one was William Hunt, who in the war of the rebellion was a member of the 110th Illinois; he died about sixteen years ago; a n o t h e r son, twenty-two years ago, was .Tames H u in the war he was a member of the I l l i n o i s cavalry. Patrick Hunt, viving son, was also in the service of Uncle Sam during the war; he acted a carpenter. The f u n e r a l services will be from St. Patrick's Catholic church on Saturday a f t e r n o o n at 2 o'clock.