BIOGRAPHY - Enoch S. Hunt

ENOCH S. HUNT, the original owner of the town site of Melvin, and one of the most successful farmers of Ford County, claims Illinois as the State of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Marshall County, on the 15th of October, 1833. He is a son of Cornelius and Ann (Sidle) Hunt, who were pioneer settlers of his native county, and a sketch of this worthy couple is given on another page of this work. Our subject was reared to manhood upon a farm, and enjoyed but limited educational advantages, as schools were not only few but poor in Marshall County in his youth, and his services were required on the farm in assisting his father. When fourteen years of age he removed with his parents to La Salle County, where he made his home until coming to Ford County.

On the 21st of December, 1854, in Lacon, Ill., Mr. Hunt was joined in wedlock with Miss Mary Griffln, who was born and reared in Marshall County, and is a daughter of David and Ruth Griffin, who were pioneers of that county of 1830, having come there from Pennsylvania. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hunt have been born three children who are yet living and they lost one. Esther, the eldest, is the wife of C. B. Ellis, a resident of Independence, Iowa; Jessie is the widow of S. A. Bookwater and resides in Melvin; Mary is the wife of W. P. Sreve, a farmer of Peach Orchard, and William Wallace died in 1862, at the age of fourteen mouths.

Mr. Hunt was successfully engaged in farming in La Salle County until 1867, when he removed to Peach Orchard Township, Ford County, and purchased a large farm, one half section of which is the site of the present village of Melvin. He made the original plat of that village and subsequently platted two additions to the town. His farm house was situated near the northwest corner of the village plat and one hundred rods from the post-office. There he made his home until 1800, when he purchased and removed to his present fine residence to the southeast of the depot. He still has three hundred and fifty acres of his original farm which he leases, besides fourteen lots in the village of Melvin, and his wife owns a farm of two hundred and forty acres, so their aggregate possessions amount to six hundred acres, all in Peach Orchard Township.

In politics, Mr. Hunt is an out-and-out Republican, a stalwart supporter of that party's principles, and has served as Assessor and Road Commissioner for Peach Orchard Township, and held the office of Collector for many years in La Salle County. His wife and daughters are members of the Congregational Church. For a quarter of a century, Mr. Hunt has been a resident of Ford County, and of Peach Orchard Township; in fact, he was on the ground when the township was set off and organized and is properly the founder of the village of Melvin. His life has been a busy and useful one, and by untiring industry, the exercise of good judgment and by strict integrity has succeeded in acquiring a valuable property. His success is certainly well deserved. He has recently retired from active farming and is living comfortably with his family in the enjoyment of a well-earned competence and the kind regard of his old neighbors and friends.

Extracted 22 Aug 2019 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, pages 257-258.

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