MYRON W. HUNT
Myron W. Hunt, M. D., was born on the family homestead at Lairdsville, in the town of Westmoreland, Oneida county, N. Y., on the 24th of March, 1857. His ancestors were New Englanders, who for several years had exerted a notable influence in the civil and business life of the colonies. Capt. William Hunt, the grandfather of Dr. Hunt, was born in Vermont, but removed in early life to Sharon, Conn., where he followed the trade of tanner and currier. In the winter of 1813-14 he moved with his family to Westmoreland, Oneida county, where he settled upon a farm on which he died in 1843, at the age of seventy-three. Here he followed both tanning and farming. Coming here when the country was new he experienced all the privations incident to pioneer life, but he never faltered in the hard work necessary in clearing his farm and prosecuting his trade. Soon after his arrival he was called with his company to Sackett's Harbor, where he was stationed as captain during the war of 1812-15. The sword he carried on that occasion is now in the possession of his grandson, the subject of this sketch. Captain Hunt was a man of more than ordinary ability. Endowed with a rugged constitution he possessed talents of high order and a mind as vigorous as it was broad and comprehensive. He exerted a large and wholesome influence in the community, where he was highly respected for his many excellent qualities. Being a member of the Methodist church he took a deep interest in all religious matters and liberally encouraged every movement which advanced the cause. His home was always open to the old circuit riders—those itinerant preachers who formed such an important factor in frontier life three-quarters of a century ago. He married Betsey Calkins, a native of Sharon, Conn., who died on the homestead in 1848, aged seventy-three. She was a woman richly endowed with the sterling characteristics of New Englanders, and like her husband wielded a marked influence in the community. Of a lovable disposition, kind, benevolent, and charitable, she was especially the friend of the sick and needy, to whom she ministered with a liberal hand. Their children were William, who died in Kansas; Elijah, a merchant, who died in Lowell Oneida county; Rev. Isaac L., a prominent Methodist clergyman and presiding elder, who died in Adams, N. Y., at the age of eighty-six; Dr. Jacob, born in Hillsdale, Conn., in 1811, died in Utica in April, 1887; Luther E., father of Dr. Myron W.; Rev. Ward W., a graduate of Hamilton College, class of 1843, and a noted clergyman, who died in Adams, N. Y., at the age of seventy-four; Polly (Mrs. William Potter), who died in Westmoreland; Betsey (Mrs. Joseph Havens), who died in Clinton, N. Y., in 1875, aged seventy-seven; Hettie (Mrs. Lowden Brainard), who died at Lairdsville in 1890, aged eighty nine; and Almira (Mrs. George Gardner), who died in Lowell, Oneida county. Of these Dr. Jacob Hunt became a well known physician and surgeon. He practiced for twenty years in Lowell, N. Y., and in 1852 settled in Utica. He was a prominent member of the Oneida County and New York State Medical Societies, a delegate to the American Medical Society, and twice a delegate to the General Conference of the M. E. church.
Luther E. Hunt; father of Dr. M. W., was born on the homestead at Lairdsville on May 17, 1814, and spent his entire life there, dying April 9, 1895. He was educated in Cazenovia and Fairfield Seminaries, and when nineteen became principal of the Rochester public school, which position he filled several years. He held a similar position in Oswego until his health failed, when he returned to Lairdsville and engaged in the manufacture of brooms. He was a staunch Republican, took a deep interest in local affairs, and enjoyed the respect and confidence of the entire community. He was one of the oldest members of Hampton Lodge F. & A. M. at the time of his death. In 1846 he married Harriet M. Warner, of Amsterdam, N. Y., who was born in Cambridge. N. Y., May 27, 1821, and who died April 11, 1895, two days after her husband. She was a prominent member of the M. E. church, a consistent Christian throughout life, and a devoted wife and loving mother. They had five children, of whom three survived them, viz: Dr. Myron W., of Holland Patent; S. Olin, of Lairdsville; and Minnie I, who was born November 6, 1861, and who died April 16, 1895, making the third death in the family within a period of one week, all of pneumonia.
Dr. Myron W. Hunt spent his early life on the family homestead and in attending the district schools. In 1875 he was graduated in the classical course from Whitestown Seminary and subsequently pursued his preparatory studies at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute. Later he entered the class of 1879 of Syracuse University, but did not complete the course, having decided in the mean time to adopt medicine as a profession. In the fall of 1878 he entered the office of Dr. William M. James, of Whitesboro, where he pursued his studies with that thoroughness which has charac terized all his undertakings. Later he read medicine with Dr. Albert Van Da Veer, a noted surgeon of Albany, and was graduated from the Albany Medical College on March 4, 1882. He immediately went to Burlington and took the spring course at the University of Vermont, graduating therefrom in June of that year. Afterward he took a special course in diseases of the heart and lungs under Dr. George M. Garland, of Boston. In the fall of 1883 he began the active practice of his profession in Stittville in the town of Trenton, Oneida county, and in May, 1888, moved thence to the village of Holland Patent, in the same town, where he has since resided.
Dr. Hunt successfully built up an extensive general practice and stands well among the leading physicians of Oneida county. He is a prominent member of the Oneida County Medical Society and out-of-town physician to Faxton and St. Eliza beth's Hospitals of Utica. He has also been health officer of the town of Floyd for several years. In politics he is an ardent and active Republican, and in the councils of his party is one of the recognized local leaders. In the fall of 1890 he was elected coroner of Oneida county by a majority of 118, and three years later was re-elected to this office, running ahead of the ticket. During his two terms, or nearly six years, as county coroner he has had much important work, his territorial jurisdiction being the largest in the county. Dr. Hunt has been a member of the Board of Education of Holland Patent since 1888 and is chairman of the teachers' committee. He is an honorary member of the 117th regiment N. Y. S. V,, a member of Remsen Lodge, No 677, F. & A. M., member of Utica Lodge No. 33, P. B. O. E., and a charter member of Trenton Lodge, No. 577, I. O. O. F., and Holland Patent Lodge, No. 352, K. of M. He was a charter member and one of the organizers of Holland Patent Lodge, No. 291, K. of P., is district deputy chancellor commander of the 66th district Knights of Pythias, and was the organizer and is past chief councillor of Stittville Council, No. 279, Order of the United Friends. He also organized Oriskany Council, No. 291, O. U. F., and has taken a deep interest in the advancement of the order. Dr. Hunt is a public-spirited citizen, active in all worthy enterprises, and is actively identified with the prosperity of his town and county. He stumped the counties of Herkimer and Oneida in 1892 and has delivered numerous addresses before patriotic and other gatherings. He has been a delegate to county, district, and State political conventions, and in every capacity has manifested that loyalty and patriotism and public spirit which characterize the respected citizen. He is vestryman of St. Paul's Episcopal church, Holland Patent, and a member of the United Friends Club of New York city.
On August 7, 1884, Dr. Hunt was married to Miss Frances A., daughter of Joseph D. Newton, of Lowell, Oneida county, and they have two sons: Newton L., born October 20, 1885, and Isaac L., born April 16, 1891.