ANDREW B. HUNT STRICKEN WITH HEART DISEASE. --------------------
Was Seventy-five Years Old and Had Lived in the County Seventy Years.
A. B. Hunt, who had lived in Laporte County seventy years, who during his adult life had held a formost place among the agricultural element of the county, and who made a good record in civil life and gave his services to the country during the civil war, died suddenly of heart disease Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his late home one mile and a quarter east of Waterford. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt had been in the city trading during the forenoon and started home shortley after noon. After they had arrived home and Mr. Hunt had put his horses in the barn he walked into the house and immediately dropped onto the floor unconscious. Mrs. Hunt summoned some of her neighbors and a doctor from this city, but when the physician arrived there was no signs of life. In fact, Mr. Hunt's death was almost instantaneous. For months Mr. Hunt had been afflicted with heart trouble, and at the time he was to this city he complained to some of his friends he had eaten very little in three days, owing to an affection of the throat, which resembled paralysis.
Andrew B. Hunt, better known as Bowen Hunt, was born Feb 27, 1832, in Tioga County, New York, and was therefore in his seventy- sixth year, having celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday last February. His father was Seth W. Hunt, a native of Pennsylvania and a blacksmith, who came to this county in 1837 and brought his family here in 1838. He lived at first in a little log cabin in Coolspring township, and, with the exception of a few years spent on a farm near Laporte, he lived there continuously until his death at the age 78 years.
A. B. Hunt was brought to Laporte County when he was five years old, and he was the only representative of the family now living in this county. Mr. Hunt lived at his father's home in Coolspring township during his boyhood and attended the log school house of the neighborhood, assisting in the farm work until he was of age, when he started at farming for himself. He was married on Feb 18, 1862 to Miss Mary Redding, a cousin of Mrs. John Blue of this city, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Redding and was born in Center township on Feb 4, 1845.
After his marriage Mr. Hunt and his wife settled in a block
house, 22x32 feet, on the same farm which had been their home to the present time, nearly forty- five years. As they became better fixed in the world's goods they erected a substantial home in 1865, and this has ever since been their abode.
In February, 1865, Mr. Hunt responded to the last call for troops, and enlisted in Co. B, 155th Indiana, serving till the close of the war, when he returned home and devoted himself to the occupation which had since been his chief activity.
Mr. Hunt is survived by his widow and one brother, Jacob W. Hunt of O'Neill, Neb.