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History of Guernsey County, Ohio
by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet
- Illustrated -
Vols. I & 2.
B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana -


  EDWARD HALL.  The history of Quaker City and vicinity and that of the career of Edward Hall is pretty much one and the same, for here he has lived and labored for three quarters of a century, has seen the development of this locality from the primeval forest to the present time and has taken a leading part in the same.  It is interesting to hear him recount reminiscences of those early times.  He was born May 12, 1834, in the same neighborhood where he lives, having, as before intimated, spent his entire life here, and he is a son of Cyrus and Ellen (Strahl) Hall.  The father was born in what is now Millwood township, then a part of Oxford, he having the distinction of being the first white child born in the township.  His father, John Hall, came to Millwood township in August, 1896, and entered raw land.  The great-grandfather, Isaac Hall, and his family came to Ohio from North Carolina, the ancestry originally coming form England and settling in that sate.  In 1805 the family came to Ohio and settled in Belmont county, which was then a dense forest, infested by wild game.  The year following John Hall came to Millwood township, and in 1807 the family of John and Phebe Hall came to this township, and John Webster entered eight hundred acres of land, eighty acres for each member of this family of ten children.  John Hall was a young man at that time and soon afterwards he married Phoebe Webster, and they began keeping house in the log cabin home that John Hall had already erected on the land, one hundred and sixty acres, which he had entered from the government when coming here.  He developed a large tract of land.  His family consisted of eight children, six sons and two daughters, namely: Cyrus, Isaac W., Thomas, John P., Eli, Jesse, Hanna Ann and Eliza W., all of whom are deceased, dying many years ago, and are buried in the friends' cemetery, just east of Quaker City, the Halls, the Websters, and most of the early settlers of this locality having been Quakers.  Cyrus Hall, the father of  the subject, was a prosperous farmer and a man much interested i the welfare, progress and development of the community, and he was a faithful adherent of the Quaker church.  His family consisted of four sons and one daughter.  One son and the daughter died in childhood; Edward, of this review, Joel and Thomas C. are living, all three being over seventy years of age, and they make their residence in Millwood township and live adjoining each other.  The death of Cyrus Hall occurred on June 16, 1884, his widow following him to the grave in the fall of 1889, aged nearly eighty-one years, and they are buried in the Friends' cemetery at Quaker City, where most of the Halls are buried.
     Edward Hall grew to maturity on his father's farm and obtained his education in the log cabin school house near his father's home.  He worked on the farm during all the months that work as possible, and being the oldest child in the family he was put to work in the fields very early in life.  His schooling was limited to a few weeks during the winter, though by later observation, study and reading at home he became fairly well educated, and he is well informed on all public questions and issues that concern the best interests of the people.
     Mr. Hall was married on Mar. 27, 1861, to Phoebe Hollingshead, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Hartley) Hollingsworth.  Both the Hollingsheads and the Hartleys were prominent families here in pioneer days.  To Mr. and Mrs. Hall two children have been born, Laura, who was left a widow and is now living at home with her parents, Isaac A., who is married and resides on the home farm.  These parents are living on the farm where they have resided ever since their marriage.  Mr. Hall erected a fine, modern brick residence in 1886 on an elevation in a grove and overlooking a beautiful expanse of country, and it is an ideal home.
     Politically, Mr. Hall is a Republican, as all the Halls have been, and he is always interested in public matters.  He has served as a member of the township school board and has always been interested in educational matters.  He and his family adhere to the Friends church.  The Hall family have been a most potent factor in the development and advancement of Millwood township and surrounding townships, both in business and farming, society, schools, churches, etc.  Mr. Hall has a fine farm of one hundred and fifty-three acres, well improved and under a high state of cultivation.  No family has stood higher in this locality from the early days  to the present than the Halls.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  911
  ISAAC W. HALL - See John R. Hall
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  586
  JOHN R. HALL.  Specific mention is made of many of the worthy citizens of Guernsey county within the pages of this work, citizens who have figured in the growth and development of this favored locality and whose interests have been identified with every phase of progress, each contributing in his sphere of action to the well-being of the community in which he resides and to the advancement of its normal and legitimate growth.  Among this number is he whose name appears above, peculiar interest attaching to his career from the fact that his entire life has been spent within the borders of this county.
     John R. Hall was born Jan. 2, 1854, in Quaker City, which at that time was known as Millwood, Guernsey county, and is a son of Isaac W. and Elizabeth (Vail) Hall.  the father was married three times, Elizabeth Vail being his second wife.  His first union was with Margaret Thomas, to which union was born a daughter, Phoebe, now deceased.  To the second union were born two children, the daughter dying in infancy, and the son being the subject of this sketch.  The third marriage was to Sarah Gomery of Harrison county, this state, and one son was born to this union, dying in infancy.  Isaac W. Hall was a son of John Hall, who came from North Carolina to what is now Millwood township, this county, in 1806, with his parents.  They entered land near Spencers Station, the woods roundabout being peopled by Indians, and alive with wild animals of all kinds.  John Hall became an extensive land owner and engaged in the mercantile business, in which he was quite successful.  He was a heavy buyer of tobacco, which at that time was an important crop in this county, and he made a gratifying profit in this line.  He was enterprising and able, both in private and public affairs and attained to a position of relative distinction in the community.  His death occurred in May, 1854.  His family consisted of six sons, Cyrus, Isaac W., Thomas, John P., Eli and Jesse, and two daughters, Hannah and Eliza W.  The sons, with the exception of Thomas, all married and reared families, and all became prominent in the affairs of the community, all spending their lives in the vicinity of Quaker City.  The daughter Eliza was an invalid and never married, but she lived to old age, surviving the other members of the family.
     ISAAC W. HALL, became a prominent and successful business man, being possessed of extraordinary qualities, John Hall had been influential and active in securing the location and building of the Central Ohio railroad (now the Baltimore & Ohio) west from Wheeling to Columbus, through Quaker City, and he became a director of the company, as was the son Isaac W. afterwards, the latter being succeeded subsequently by his son, the subject of this sketch.  In young manhood Isaac W. Hall engaged in mercantile business, from 1843 to 1872, and he also engaged extensively in buying tobacco.  In those early days it was the custom for a team to haul a load of tobacco to Baltimore, a load of merchandise being hauled on the return trip, this custom prevailing until the advent of railroads.  In 1872 Mr. Hall took an active part i the organization of the Quaker City National Bank, one of the solid and influential monetary institutions of Guernsey county.  Mr. Hall, who was the heaviest stockholder, was chosen president of the institution and held this office up to the time of his death, in 1886, when he was succeeded by his son, John R. Hall, who still holds the position.  The capital stock of this bank was originally fifty thousand dollars, but a few years later it was increased to ne hundred thousand dollars.  From its very beginning the bank's management has been noted for its conservatism and has enjoyed the confidence of the people to an extent rarely enjoyed by any bank in the country.  The bank is now installed in its elegant new home on the corner of Broadway and South streets, into which it moved in February, 1909.  The present officers of this bank are as follows:  John R. Hall, president; I. P. Steele, cashier; H. S. Hartley, assistant cashier; directors, T. M. Johnson, T. C. Hall, Joel Hall, D. C. Goodhart, H. S. Hartley, I. P. Steele, John R. Hall.  The bank enjoys a wonderful prosperity, its deposits and loans being now in excess of that of any other bank in Guernsey county.
     When Isaac W. Hall became identified with the bank he relinquished his other active business affairs and devoted himself entirely to the bank, its success being mainly attributable to his persona influence and efforts.  This good man and honored citizen died on May 28, 1886, and is buried, with other deceased members of his family, in the burying ground near the Friends church, a short distance east of Quaker City.  Religiously he was a stanch member of the Quaker denomination and remained true to his faith throughout life.
     John R. Hall received his elementary education in the public schools of Quaker City and, because of the fact that his health was not rugged, he could not pursue his studies further.  His first business experience was as assistant cashier of the Quaker City National Bank, returning this position until 1884, when he was advanced to the cashiership.  In 1886, on the death of his father, he became president of the institution, in which position he has since remained.  He is also a stockholder and director in the Central National Bank, of Cambridge, and is also a director in the old Central Ohio railway organization.  He owns and operates the Quaker City Flours Mills, a modern mill, with complete roller process, having a capacity of fifty barrels a day.  This mill was built in 1854 by Isaac W. Hall and associates and has ever since remained the property of the Hall familyMr. Hall also owns farm lands and other real estate interests.  In all his business affairs, Mr. Hall has exhibited the same eminent business qualities which characterized his father and grandfather and today he is numbered among the foremost citizens of his city.  He takes a keen interest in the welfare of the community and has materially contributed to the advancement and prosperity of Quaker City, as well as to the county.
     Politically, Mr. Hall is affiliated with the Republican party and is deeply interested in public affairs, though in no sense has he ever been an office seeker.  He still regains his allegiance to the church of his father, the Friends, to the support of which he contributed generously.  Mr. Hall is unmarried and resides in Quaker City, where he moves in the best social circles and enjoys the companionship of his many friends.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  585
  MILTON L. HARTLEY.   The Hartley family, of which the principal subject of this sketch was a member, has been identified with Guernsey county since its beginning and for many years has had a part in its commercial development.  Noah Hartley and his wife, Milla (Hall) Hartley, came from Lebanon valley, Pennsylvania, about 1806 or 1807, entered government land in Millwood township, and there established their home.  Their son, William H., father of Milton L., went to Quaker City in 1853 and learned the blacksmith trade.  He went into mercantile business in that place in 1868 and is still there.  His wife, Mary J. McClellan Hartley, was a sister of Mrs. Mattie McClellan Brown, the well known lecturer, formerly of this county.
     The children of William H. Hartley were five hoys and three girls.  McClellan, who died Mar. 21, 1907, was one of the best-known business men in the eastern part of Guernsey county.  He was an active member of the firm of William H. Hartley & Sons, a large house dealing in general hardware, building material, implements, wagons and carriages.  He was secretary of the Building and Loan Association about thirty years, and also, for about thirty-five years, secretary of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school.  His home paper, commenting at the time of his death, said: 
     "He was such a careful, thorough, clear-headed and judicious business man that every local enterprise sought for his official and executive relation to help carry forward the organization to success.  From town executive down through all the local planes of material interests and moral progress, McClellan Hartley was always regarded as a safe counsellor and a trusted executive and financier.  Not only in public affairs, but also in private undertakings men sought his advice, his help, his co-operation for personal success and family betterment, insomuch that a real grief for personal loss was felt by many whose close confidence had been a sacred matter, revealed only at the obsequies of their devoted friend."
     On the day of Mr. Hartleys funeral business in the city was practically suspended, while a thousand people followed the remains to their last resting place.  He left a wife and two children, Gilbert and Marie.
     LEON C. HARTLEY, also deceased, was the fifth son of the family.  He was born Mar. 29, 1871, and was married Oct. 27. 1904, to Mary Hill.  He was always industrious, bright and cheerful. From his boyhood he was a great lover of music, for six years was leader of the Quaker City Band, and was prominent in musical circles, in the church choir and at public meetings.  It was said of him, We never saw him out of patience or angry."  At his death memorials of high tribute were adopted by various organizations of which he was an active and influential member, and also by the Epworth League, the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school and the Knights of Pythias.  He was of the strictest honesty.  Punctual in the discharge of all duties, pure and patient in spirit, faithful and earnest in every good work, a worthy and upright citizen.  He died Dec. 5, 1895.  Other sons besides Milton L. are Homer S. and Orvon G.  The former is assistant cashier of the Quaker City Bank, and the latter is with his father in the hardware, paint, roofing and furnace business at Quaker City.  The daughters living are, Laura and Hallie.  The first-named is the wife of Mr. A. Lingo, a tobacco merchant of Quaker City, who died in 1909.  She, with three sons and three daughters, live at Qtuaker City.  Hallie is the wife of Ross Bundy, who is associated with her father in business.  They live at Quaker City.
     Milton L. Hartley was born in 1858 at Quaker City, where he lived until 1893.  In February of that year he came to Cambridge and went into the roofing business with his father and brother.  In this business he still remains.  Probably no city has a greater percentage of slate roofs than Cambridge, and Mr. Hartley put on a very large proportion of them.  The firm was also in the furnace business and in 1908 added the paint business.  It now is doing a large trade in all three lines besides a general business in sheet metal work.
     Mr. Hartley was married in 1881 to Dora I. Carnal, daughter of Edward and Phoebe (Marsh) Carnal  She was born in Quaker City, but was reared in Vinton county, Ohio.  Her mother lives at Newark, her father having died at Wellston several years ago.  The mother is a daughter of Joseph and Delilah (Dillon) Marsh.  The Dillons and Marshes were both pioneer families near Quaker City.
     Mr. and Mrs. Hartley have two sons, M. Revere and William H. Revere married Helen P. Herrberg and lives on North Seventh street, in Cambridge. William H. is at home with his father in Cambridge.  Before coming to Cambridge Mr. Hartley was mayor of Quaker City and was also a councilman there.  Since coming here he has been on the water works board and also a member of the city council.  In 1897 he erected the Hartley building on Wheeling avenue, and also has other property in Cambridge.  In Masonry he is a Knight Templar and also a Scottish rite Mason of the thirty-second degree.  He is vice-president of the Central Bank of Cambridge, director of the Home Telephone Company and director of the Home Building and Loan Company of Cambridge.   He is also interested in slate quarries in Vermont.  Mr. Hartley is active in lodge work.  In character he is a quiet, unassuming man, fond of his family, and steady and substantial in both domestic and public life.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 929
  JAMES F. HAWES.  Among the men of influence, and who is deserving of a large success he has attained and of the respect and esteem which all who know him freely give, is J. F. HAWES, of Jackson township, who was born in 1867 in the southwestern part of this township, Guernsey county, where the Buckeye mine is now located.  He is the son of Joseph and Mary (Mullen) Hawes, the former born in Maryland.  He was the son of John Hawes and wife, and during his youth the family came to Guernsey county and located in the northeast corner of Spencer township.  There John Hawes became owner of a farm, probably entering it direct from the government, for it was all new land.  This is about the oldest family still represented in that locality.  There John Hawes lived the balance of his life and prospered, becoming the owner of a large tract of valuable land, probably four hundred acres.  He and his wife assisted in organizing the Disciple church in that locality and he remained a faithful ember of the same the rest of his life.  In later years his hearing failed, and it was necessary for him to have his chair placed near the preacher in order to hear the sermon.  When it was possible for him to do so, he was in his accustomed place.  He was a good and useful man and honored by all who knew him.
     Joseph Hawes was one of a family of eight children, an equal number of boys and girls, named as follows:  Joseph; John died in Valley township about 1902, leaving a wife and two sons, who are now living in Indiana; Frank went to Boise, Idaho, when the gold excitement drew men West and he lived there until his death in 1909; Fletcher was killed by the Indians in Idaho about 1880; Michael, who was a physician and was a surgeon in the Union army during the Civil war.  He died in Claysville, Guernsey county, Ohio, in 1905; the sisters were, Mrs. Catherine Collins, now living at Columbus; another sister married a Mr. Heskett and lived in Belmont county; another married a Mr. Hickison and lived in the West.
     Joseph Hawes married Mary Mullen, who was born and reared in the same neighborhood as Mr. Hawes.  He became a prosperous farmer in the southwestern part of Jackson, buying several tracts of land at different times, aggregating three hundred acres, all of which he owned at the time of his death.  He was trustee of the township and was a man of good standing in the community.  He was a member and a liberal supporter of the Disciples church, of which his wife was also a member.  They were the parents of the following children: Oliver F. lives at Pleasant City; John L. died in Butte, Montana, about 1885; Lilla Anderson lives in Spencer township on the old Dennis farm; Olive Belle is the wife of J. B. Neeland, of Valley township, and is now living at Hartford; Sadie Ann is the wife of A. S. Secrest, of Hartford; James Franklin, of this review; Clarence Glenroy lives in Claysville and owns the old home farm, where Joseph Hawes, his father, first settled after his marriage, at Buck's mines; Maggie Elizabeth, who died when about twenty-one years of age, was teh wife of Charles Barton.
     James F. Hawes
, of this review, grew to maturity on the home place in the southwest part of Jackson township and there worked on the farm.  In 1889 he was married to Villetta F. Beckett, of Spencer township, the daughter of John and Lottie (Lyons) Beckett, both natives of Noble county, Ohio.  They came to Spencer township, this county, about 1872 and lived on a farm there until about 1909, then moved into Cumberland, where they now live.  In 1890 Mr. Hawes built a substantial and attractive residence, near that of his father, and lived there until 1908, then built the cozy home where he now lives, near harmony, in Jackson township.  It is a commodious and nicely furnished home, and is well kept.  Mr. Hawes is trustee of Jackson township, and fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Cambridge Lodge No. 301.
     Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. James F. Hawes: one died in infancy; one son and one daughter are living, Rominie R. and Lottie M.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  779

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Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 521

John Heaume

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Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  757

William H. Hoopman
WILLIAM H. HOOPMAN.   Having possessed a pleasing personality, a rare force of character and executive ability of a high order, it is no wonder that William H. Hoppman, now a pilgrim to "that undiscovered bounce from whence no traveler e'er returns," should be well remembered and his name revered by the people of Guernsey county.  He was a public spirited citizen, withholding his support from no movement which had for its object the general good.  What he achieved in a long and brilliant career illustrated his force of individuality and steadfastness of purpose, and he advanced to a position of credit and honor in the business and social circles of this county, becoming a man of affluence as a result of his own indomitable energy and worthy labors.
     Mr. Hoopman was born Feb. 2, 1829, in Hartford county, Maryland, the son of Isaac and Lucidna Ann (Rogers) Hoopman.  On Oct. 3, 1837, the family started west when William was eight years of age.  They came in a wagon, the trip requiring about two weeks, arriving here on Nov. 7th and located one and one-half miles southeast of where Byesville is now.  There they bought a farm and took up their abode in a log house, starting life in true pioneer fashion; their place was practically covered with first-growth timber when they settled on it, but by dint of hard work, economy and good management they developed a good farm and established a comfortable home.  Their family consisted of seven children, namely: Roland, who lives in Zanesville; William H., of this review; Isaac Wesley, now deceased; lived at Bunker Hill, Kansas; Elijah was the father of J. A. Hoopman, whose sketch appears elsewhere herein; Catherine died in 1853, when seventeen years of age; Elizabeth married Ebenezer Johnston, deceased, and she now lives in Pleasant city; Christian died when twenty seven years of age, in 1852.
     William H. Hoopman
, of this review, grew up on the home farm, and remained there until 1902.  On Oct. 11, 1877, he was married to Catherine Rogers Grant, daughter of William Merriman and Catherine Washington (Rogers) Grant, whose record appears herein, in the sketch of John Roland Grant, of Byesville.  Mrs. Hoopman was born in Hartford county, Maryland, and came to Byesville with her parents in April, 1856.  Mrs. Hoopman's parents continued to spend the balance of their lives on the farm they bought southeast of Byesville, the father dying on May 30, 1885, and the mother on Mar. 18, 1878.  They were excellent people, highly respected, and they belonged to the Methodist Protestant church.
     Before his marriage Mr. Hoopman and his four brothers had been farming in partnership and were quite successful, becoming known especially as sheep raisers, and they bought several farms.  After the marriage of William H. Hoopman, all the brothers, except Elijah and himself, moved away, selling their interests in the home place to William H. and Elijah who, within a year or two, divided their holdings and each worked separately.  William H. and his wife continued on the home farm and were quite successful in general farming and stock raising, and kept a neat and comfortable home.
     Besides farming, Mr. Hoopman was one of the heaviest stockholders of the First National Bank of Byesville and a member of the board of directors from its organization.  He was an active member of the Methodist Protestant church, of which Mrs. Hoopman is also a member.  He was a large contributor to the Methodist Protestant College at Adrian, Michigan, and also the one at West Lafayette, Ohio, and he assisted in building churches in the bounds of the Muskingum conference, and also in foreign fields.
     The death of this excellent citizen, true friend and genial companion occurred on Feb. 26, 1910, at the advanced age of eighty-one years and twenty-four days, having spent a useful, industrious and satisfactory life, a life that was unselfish and fraught with much good to others.  He was a man of sterling character, temperate in all his habits, a high-minded Christian gentleman, and a business man of unusual accomplishments.  He was known through life as a man who could be trusted at all times, whose word was as good if not better than the bond of many men.  In early life he identified himself with the Methodist Protestant church, then  known as Bethlehem church, near Trail run, and there he retained his membership until the organization of the church at Byesville,  when he transferred his membership here.  He remained a valued and consistent member of the church until his death.  For many years he held the office of trustee, and he was a member of the building committee in the present building, being its heaviest contributor.  Mrs. Hoopman now resides in Byesville in the home which Mr. Hoopman built for them about 1902, in which year they moved here.  It is a very pleasant, attractive, convenient and desirable home, and here her many warm friends and admirers gather frequently.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 -
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  WILLIAM ALONZO HUNT.  One of the successful business men of the younger generation of Cambridge and one of the representative citizens of Guernsey county is William Alonzo Hunt, who has been successful in whatever he has turned his attention to because he is endowed with proper business principles, and is persistent in whatever he undertakes.  By a life consistent in motive and because of his many fine qualities, he has earned the sincere regard of all who know him and his success bespeaks for him continued advancements and a higher plane of usefulness in the industrial world.
     Mr. Hunt was born on Oct. 19, 1872, near Fairview, Guernsey county, and he is the son of Andrew Jackson and Margaret (Stevens) Hunt.  The father was born in John and Sarah Hunt.  When he was five years old they moved to Londonderry township, this county.  Andrew J. Hunt was one of fourteen children and he spent most of his life in Londonderry township, coming in later life to Wills township and finally to Cambridge, where his death occurred on May 31, 1899; his widow is still living in Cambridge.  Nora Hunt married Steven Decker, of Washington township; James I.; Clara is the widow of H. F. Claggett, deceased; George S.; William A., of this review; Andrew J., Jr.; Mrs. Ettie E. Sheer, who died July 29, 1909; Dulcie M., wife of Frank J. Wilkin; Henry and Mary died in infancy.  Andrew J. Hunt was a soldier in the Civil war, having enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Eight-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. J. G. Bell, and he was an excellent soldier, serving until the close of the war.
     William A. Hunt
, of this review, grew up on the farm in Londonderry township, where he assisted with the general work.  He enjoyed the advantages of a liberal education, having attended the common schools of his community in 1897, taking the degree of Bachelor of Science.  During his college days he had begun teaching in 1890 in the public schools of Guernsey county and for a period of seventeen years he continued to teach, becoming one of the best known and popular educators of the county.  He was superintendent of schools at Pleasant City; about 1899 he was appointed principal of the South side school in Cambridge, which position he continued to hold for a period of eight years, being popular with both pupil and patron.  He is both an instructor and entertainer in the school room and his services were always in great demand.  He kept fully abreast of the times in all matters pertaining to his profession and never allowed himself to grow narrow or pedantic, like so many of his colleagues are prone to do.
     Finally tiring of the school room, Mr. Hunt entered the real estate business, buying vacant tracts of land, platting and selling them on easy payments.  He has been very successful in this line of endeavor and has developed three different additions to Cambridge, Hunt's addition consisting of sixty lots; next was the John M. Ogier addition of twenty-four lots, which had already been platted and one lot sold; the third was Orchard Grove addition, consisting of fifty-five lots.  He has also handled a number of other small tracts, buildings on them and selling the houses.  He has been instrumental in building more homes in Cambridge than any other man and he has done much to develop the city in which he takes a great pride and he ever stands ready to assist in any worthy movement looking to the upbuilding and general good of the same.
     In 1909 he bought the Oliver & Shawber Planing Mill, which he tore down and moved the machinery to the Crossing machine Works on Woodlawn avenue, Cambridge, and he has made an up-to-date, modern and well equipped mill of it, which has been a successful venture.
     Politically Mr. Hunt is a Republican and he takes much more than a passing interest in public matters.  He was elected a member of the city council of Cambridge in the fall of 1908 and served two years in a very acceptable manner.  Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias.
     Mr. Hunt was married on Aug. 10, 1898, to Bertha Ford, one of his former pupils at College Hill School.  She was a young lady of talent and culture.  She was born near Cambridge and is the daughter of James P. and Isabelle (LePage) Ford.  Her parents were both born and reared near Cambridge, each representing excellent old families, her mother being the daughter of Thomas LePage, whose parents came from the isle of Guernsey in the early days.  The Ford family was also early settlers in Guernsey county.
     Two sons have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hunt,  Robert and William.  Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are members of the Methodist Protestant church.
     Mr. Hunt is regarded as one of the leading men of Cambridge, popular obliging, public-spirited, honest and upright in all his dealings with the public and of pleasing address, winning friends wherever he goes and always retaining their esteem, and he and his wife are admired by a wide circle of acquaintances for their congeniality and many praiseworthy attributes.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 -
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