In November 1905 the stock in Mr. Hunt's Drug store was ruined in a fire. He lost $3,500 in stock, but had insurance to cover $2,000 of that loss. John Hack owned the building. Sisters Mabel and Abbie Simpson lost their lives in the fire.
From Howat, William Frederick, M.D., editor. A Standard History
of Lake County, Indiana and the Calumet Region. 2 vols.
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1915. p. 602-3.
FRANK L. HUNT. As a Lowell druggist Frank L. Hunt has
been in business for the past twelve years, and in that progressive
community has displayed his public spirit in civic affairs, and has
been a highly esteemed associate of the other business men and
citizens in that community.
Frank L. Hunt was born in Bartholomew County, Indiana, April
21, 1861. His education came from the public schools, and at the
age of eighteen he entered the Terre Haute Normal School to
prepare himself for teaching. That was his regular vocation for
nine years, much of the time in country schools, but he was also
for three years in the town schools of Medaryville. From teaching
Mr. Hunt entered the telegraph office at North Judson in the
employ of the Chicago & Erie Company. Employment for a brother
in the drug business at Medaryville gave him his permanent vocation.
Subsequently he moved to Flora, Indiana, engaged in the drug
business for himself for ten years, finally sold that store and bought
another at Rensselaer, was there one year, sold out and took charge
of his brother's store at Knox and looked after the business for
a year until the settlement of the estate was completed. On
January 1, 1902, Mr. Hunt identified himself with Lowell, and
has since built up a thriving business in that city. He has a
store 24x8O feet, and besides a complete line of drugs carries
paints, wall paper,books and general sundries usually found
in a store of that kind.
At Medaryville, Indiana, October 20, 1899, was celebrated the
mariage of Mr. Hunt to Miss Ida Evert. She grew up and was
educated at Medaryville. Mr. Hunt is a member of the Masonic
Order, is a democrat in politics, and his wife is secretary of the
Board of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has always been
interested in athletic sports, is enthusiastic over both baseball
and football, and some years ago was instrumental in organizing
the old Lowell football team, which was one of the most
successful independent teams in this section of the country, and
its record is still recalled with pleasure by the local followers of
Obituary of Frank L. Hunt, unknown source, hand dated Sept. 10, 1931, (in Clipping Files at Lowell Public Library--LH--"Vital Statistics," Vol. 3, p. 30).
WELL KNOWN BUSINESS MAN PASSES AWAY
FRANK L. HUNT PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME LAST THURSDAY
The towns people were greatly surprised last Thursday morning when it was learned that Frank L. Hunt, well known Lowell business man, has passed away early that morning. It was known that he was in poor health, but it was not thought that he was serious. The passing of Mr. Hunt removes from our midst one of the oldest business men in Lowell, he having located here in the drug business nearly thirty years ago.
Frank Luther Hunt was born on April 21, 1861 near Columbus, Ind. He was the second of a family of four sons: Oscar H., Frank, Lewis W., and Judson J., born to Joseph G. and Sarah A. Hunt, all of whom, except Judson, are deceased, He died September 3, at the age of 70 years, 4 month and 12 days.
When he was four years old he moved with his parents to Gilliam township, Jasper county, Indiana where he lived until he reached his majority.
He attended the public schools in Jasper county, later going to Terre Haute State Normal college. After finishing his education he taught for several years. Then he was a telegraph operator on the railroad for a couple of years.
On October 20, 1899 he was united in marriage to Ida Everet. About this time he located in Flora, Ind., where he owned and operated a drug store for several years. Later he disposed of this and moved to Rensselaer where he continued in the same business. After a time he bought a drug store in Lowell, where he had continued to live ever since.
Mr. Hunt confessed Christ and was baptised during the early ministry of Rev. Aaron Wood. He joined the Masonic Fraternity when he was a young man and always evinced a lively interest in the same. He was also a member of the Crown Point Chapter, Royal Arch Masons and of the Hammond Council. Some years ago he was made an honorary member of the local lodge. He often was called upon to give ritualistic service at the burial of a fallen brother, which he did willingly in a very impressive manner.
Mr. Hunt was of a quiet, retiring disposition. His life was largely spent in his home and place of business, to which he was faithful and devoted. Success crowned his efforts. He was a good man, an upstanding citizen, a helpful brother and friend, and a lover of all that was good and right. His work is finished. He has laid down the tools with which he has worked and has gone to claim his reward.
He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Mrs. Ida Hunt; one brother Judson J. Hunt of Rensselaer, Ind.; 6 nephews and neices, Mabel Hunt, Mrs. Blanche Cooper, Candace Hunt and Herbert L. Hunt of Detroit, Mich., and John and Sarah Hunt of Rensselaer, Ind., and 10 cousins, besides a wide circle of friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were conducted at the home last Saturday at 2 p.m., Rev. H.L. McBride conducting the service. Interment in the Medaryville cemetery in charge of Weaver & Son.
The ritualistic services of the Masonic Lodge were performed at the home and at the cemetery. Leroy C. McCullum, Grand Marshall and Master of McKinley Lodge, Hammond and Frank Greatbatch of the same lodge, were in charge of the services.
Last updated on march 23, 2009.
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