CHARLES D. HUNTER who follows farming on section 23, Belleview Precinct, Calhoun County, is a native of Charlotte County, Va. He was born on the 16th of December, 1833, and is a son of John Hunter, a gentleman of Irish descent who, with his family when our subject was about three years of age, emigrated westward, taking up his residence in Franklin County, Mo., where his wife and the mother of Charles D. departed this life. Mr. Hunter was afterward again married and removed further westward.
Charles D. Hunter was reared on the Missouri frontier and from his early boyhood has been engaged in agricultural pursuits. In the autumn of 1862 he came to Calhoun County, Ill., where he has since made his home. On the 29th of November, 1863, he was united in marriage with Lucy Harper, a native of Greene County, Ill., born February 17, 1846, her parents being Carlton and Patia Harper. By their union there have been born seven children, six of whom are now living, while one daughter, Belle E., is deceased. Those who still survive are Ora E., Andrew A., Luella L., William A., Edgar E. and Charles Chester.
For several years Mr. Hunter resided in Calhoun County before locating upon his present farm. He is now the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land under a high state of cultivation but when he located thereon only about seven acres had been placed under the plow, the greater part of the remainder being covered with timber. It was no easy task to clear and develop this land, but being of an energetic and industrious nature Mr. Hunter at once set to work to accomplish that result and in return for his labors has now one of the best farms in the community. For almost thirty years he has resided in this county and has not only been an eyewitness of its growth and progress but has been closely identified with its growth and development. Any enterprise calculated to benefit the community is sure of his hearty support and co-operation. He is a warm friend of education, and although not a member of any church contributes to the cause of religion. In politics he is a supporter of Democratic principles and has held several local offices, including that of School Director and Constable, filling the latter position for four years with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. His private and public life are alike above reproach and he is classed among the intelligent and enterprising citizens of Calhoun County where his friends are many, and where he receives the warm regard of all with whom he comes in contact.
Extracted 16 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 426-427
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