Sunday’s Obituary – William Henry Hunt – Died 23-February-1918

Relationship to me: 2nd great-grandfather

William Henry Hunt‘s obituary was published in the New Jersey Herald, 28 February 1918.

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“Death of William Hunt”- Long Time Station Agent at Branchville Junction and War Veteran – William H. Hunt, for nearly forty years station agent at Branchville Junction and a veteran of the Civil War, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Audrey Strait, Morningside Avenue, Newton. Mr. Hunt was seventy-six years of age and he was compelled to retire from active work about nine years ago by a severe paralytic stroke. Since then he has suffered several more shocks and he has been an invalid for a long time. He was born in Andover, the son of Enoch Hunt and Eliza Maynard Hunt. He served in the artillery division during the Civil War and his hearing was badly impaired by the explosion of a cannon at the battle of Gettysburg.  Although it was necessary to talk very loudly to him, he could easily read telegraphic messages direct from the wire.

Besides his widow, who before her marriage was Miss Hannah J. Longcor, Mr. Hunt is survived by two daughters and one son: Mrs. Audrey Strait and Mrs. Bella Knox, both of Newton, and Samuel Hunt of Bayonne. The funeral services were held in the Andover Cemetery, where the interment took place, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Baker Smith, a retired Presbyterian clergyman, officiated. The family of Mrs. Strait is quarantined, owing to the illness from scarlet fever of Mrs. Strait’s young son, William, and for that reason the funeral was not held at the house.

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