Honorable Anton Hunt - Goodspeed
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Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri

Hon. Anton Hunt

Hon. Anton Hunt, ex-county judge of Perry County, Mo., was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden, March 9, 1836. His parents, Anton and Catherine Hunt, were natives of the same country, born in 1790 and 1791, respectively.

In 1839 they left the fatherland, and immigrating to the United States, located in Perry County on the farm where Judge Hunt now lives. There they spent the remainder of their lives, Mr. Hunt passing away in 1858, followed by his widow in 1875.

Judge Hunt was the third child, and when he reached America was a lad thirteen years old. He grew to manhood on the farm, and in 1859 was united in marriage with Helen Huber, a compatriot, who was born in 1830 and came with her parents to Perry County in 1842.

They have reared a family of ten children whose names are as follows: Mary (wife of Leonard P. Hoffman), Frank, Julia (widow of Frank Hofffman), Lena (deceased, wife of Henry Underfeldt), Henry, Louis, Sophia, Emma, Charles and Louisa. Judge Hunt remained upon the home farm until 1865, when he formed a partnership with William Litsch in a general mercantile business in Perryville. In 1876 Mr. Litsch died, and Judge Hunt was appointed administrator to settle the business.

In 1879 he sold the entire stock of goods and has since devoted himself to the management of his farm which consists of 370 acres of highly improved land. He is one of the representative, substantial men of Perry County, and is held in high esteem by the community in which he lives. He is broad and liberal in his ideas is independent in his religious belief and is not a strong partisan in politics. His family are communicants in the Catholic Church.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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