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Daniel Hunt

Daniel Hunt lives five and one-half miles northeast from Moscow on a generous farm of two hundred and forty acres, which his skill and industry have wrested from the wilds of nature and have transformed into a fertile and abundant producer of the cereals, fruits and stock. He is one of the leaders in this realm of development, and has wrought out his present goodly competence from the resources placed in his hands in this country.

Mr. Hunt was born in Chautauqua county, New York, on November 2, 1845, being the son of Seneca and Julia Hunt, farmers of that state. At the age of seven he was brought west by his parents who settled in Cresco, Howard county, Iowa, where he received a fine education and then devoted himself for ten years to teaching school, holding a first class certificate.

1880 marks the year in which a move was made to Council Bluffs, in the same state, and there he gave his attention to farming for two years and then turned toward the west to gain both health and wealth, having lost them both in an uncertain struggle in Iowa in the endeavor to raise wheat profitably. When he landed in Latah county he at once sought out the homestead where he now lives and settled down. Raw land, a frontier country, poor health, depleted finances and many other depressing circumstances thronged him, but despite it all his courage was as bright as ever and he started in to settle the question of existence. He began with the arduous labor of cutting and hauling wood, gained strength and later went to laying brick and plastering, which he had learned younger; he also logged for the mill companies and mined some and kept steadily improving his farm. The result was that he began to prosper at once, gained slowly, improved his farm until he has now a model place and an abundant producer, well improved and handled in a commendable manner, while he enjoys a fine residence, commodious barn and all the accessories that make rural life profitable and comfortable. In 1873 he took a journey through Washington and taught school where Slaughter now stands.

On October 26, 1876, at Arcadia, Wisconsin, Mr. Hunt married Miss Pruda, daughter of Alva and Pruda Yarrington. The father was sheriff of Hancock county, Iowa, was active in politics and an early settler there. To Mr. and Mrs. Hunt there have been born the following children: Bertha E., wife of Luther Lowry, of this county; Meritt T., a school teacher; Almon D.; Katie E., deceased; Amabel M., Harvey E., and Bessie E., the last one being an adopted child. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are members of the Methodist church and are liberal supporters of that institution. Politically Mr. Hunt has been active, being a candidate for assessor in Iowa, and making a good race on the Republican ticket. He takes a great interest in educational matters and politics as becomes every loyal citizen.

[An Illustrated History Of North Idaho Embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai, Shoshone Counties, State Of Idaho, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903, submitted by Barb Z.]

Oliver G. Munson


Oliver G. Munson (Rep.) has had more legislative experience than any other man in Wisconsin, having been connected with the legislature most of the time since 1881. He began as bookkeeper of the senate; was a member of the senate for 12 years 1896 to 1908; was elected chief clerk of the senate in 1915 without his knowledge and reelected ln 1917 and 1919. During Gov. James O. Davidson's five years encumbency in the executive office Mr. Munson was his private secretary. He was born March 2, 1856, in Howard county, Iowa, and came to Wisconsin in 1876, and published the Richland County Republican-Observer for 10 years. For the last 34 years he has been a resident of Viroqua as editor and publisher of the Vernon County Censor. In the campaign of 1916 he was chosen as one of Wisconsin's presidential electors on the republican ticket.

[The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) submitted by FoFG mz]

Thomas Tierney

Few men have passed a more eventful and varied career than the subject of this sketch, a son of the Emerald Isle, and possessing all the fire, energy, skill, sagacity and brightness characteristic of his race, which has been manifested in various channels of his stirring walk through some of the most exciting regions of the world, the western part of the United States in the last fifty years.

Our subject came to light of day on May 1, 1836, in county Galway, Ireland, being the son of Martin and Mary (Fahy) Tierney. He was educated until eleven years in his native land and then came with an uncle to America where he attended school for some years more and at the age of eighteen started for himself. He commenced operation by working in a brickyard, then worked on the Erie canal during the time of the first enlargement of that waterway. Two years at that and then we find him in Iowa, later in St. Louis, then in Mexico, laboring at various occupations, then in the time of the gold stampede to Pikes Peak he was with the first.

After the excitement he went to Salt Lake, driving cattle, thence to Kansas, where he farmed a time and then he hired out to ride the famous Pony Express, riding from Marysville, Kansas, to Pig Sandy, No. 3. Six months sufficed him in this dangerous and stirring occupation, then for one year he was at the no less hazardous work of herding horses in that country. Next we find young Tierney freighting from Kansas City to Colorado, and his energy was manifest in that he gained twenty-five thousand dollars in this business, which after the war, however, depreciated nearly fifty per cent. At this time he went into partnership and lost the major portion of his hard earned money. It was a great lesson and he collected his remnants together and came west to Nevada, thence to California, on to Oregon, and finally landed in Lewiston in 1870. After spending seven thousand more in these trips he went prospecting, then bought a team and hauled wood, and finally came to the place where he now lives and squatted on a quarter section of land, which he homesteaded, then continued to reside there and improve the same from that time until the present, purchasing additional pieces of adjoining land until he has four hundred and eighty seven acres of fine, fertile land, which is mostly rented, Mr. Tierney retiring more from the arduous labors of the farm. It is of note that Mr. Tierney was one of the builders of the first telegraph line to Ft. Scott.

In 1866 Mr. Tierney married Miss Maria Beck in Kansas and four children were born to them, Thomas M., married and living in Ohio; Gerome, married to Nora Butler and living in Latah county; Anna M., wife of Dan Haley, and living in Genesee; William, married to Louise Jivits and living in Latah county; Mrs. Tierney died in 1873. Mr. Tierney married again in 1896 and in the same year he was called upon to mourn the death of his second wife. In 1898, in Howard county, Iowa, for the third time Mr. Tierney approached the sacred altar, this time leading Anna Drew, and to them have been born one child, Michael J.

In early times Mr. Tierney was active and for a season served as postmaster, continuing in that capacity about four years. He affiliates with the Catholic church, and is one of the leading men of his section, being possessed of those happy qualities of geniality and real worth.

[An Illustrated History Of North Idaho Embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai, Shoshone Counties, State Of Idaho, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903, submitted by Barb Z.]

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