Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
JOHN F. HUNT is a member of the firm
of Hunt & Towne, liverymen at Waterville. They own a large and
well appointed barn, which is stocked with plenty of first class horses
and supplied with abundance of modern facilities. The firm are doing
a fine business at the present time, being well known as men of energy
and wisdom and use every care for the comfort, convenience, and safety
of their patrons.
John F. Hunt was born in Orange county, New
York, on September 26, 1862. His parents, Hugh L. and Julia A. (Cortright)
Hunt were natives of New York and are still living on the old homestead.
The father was descended from Scotch ancestry and the mother comes from
German extraction. Our subject received his education in New York
and when twenty-one left the farm for the busy scenes of the great metropolis.
For two years he was in the milk business in New York city and then went
to Wisconsin and worked on a arm for two months. After that, he journeyed
on to South Dakota where he was ill for half a year. He engaged in
trading after that and bought a section of land which he rented.
In the fall of 1889, he came to Ellensburg and a short time thereafter
was at Orondo. After one winter at that point, he took up a location
on the Entiat, remaining for three years. After that he returned
to Orondo and took up grain buying. He also bought a tract of land
and set out an orchard which is now one of the finest on the river, being
all in bearing. It was in 1902 that Mr. Hunt came to Waterville and
bought out Geddis and McClellan, being associated with Mr. Towne in this
deal. They secured with the barn about forty-two head of horses and
eighteen rigs to which they have added materially since. Mr. Hunt
sold his Orondo orchard and South Dakota farm and is now giving his entire
attention to the livery business and his Big Bend ranches. He has
one brother, William H., and one sister, Elizabeth Russell.
At Dartford, Wisconsin, on August 25, 1893,
Mr. Hunt married Miss Emily Fordham, a native of England, as were also
her parents. Her father resides at Dartford, and the mother is deceased.
Mrs. Hunt came to this country when fourteen. She has four brothers,
Charles, William, John and David, and four sisters, Susan Tucker, Agnes
Malcolm, Lizzie Malcolm, and Maude. To Mr. and Mrs. Hunt two children
have been born, Hazel and Maude.
Mr. Hunt is a Republican, although not especially
active in this realm and is one of the substantial business men of the