Note: I am not researching these families - this is part of a trancription project.Beth Hurd, Johnston, RI
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continued from part 1.
"(VII)Dr. Simeon (2) Hunt, son of William Donnison and Lydia J. (Chase) Hunt, and father of Dr. William West Hunt, of this sketch, was born April 27, 1837, at Seekonk, Mass.He became a very famous physician at East Providence, where he established the practice which his son now continues so successfully.In childhood he attended the local public schools of Seekonk, and afterwards became a student at the famous Friends' School of Providence, where he was prepared for college.He then entered Dartmouth College, where he took the usual classical course, and was graduated in 1862, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.As a young man he determined to adopt the medical profession, and before his graduation from Dartmouth had already begun the study of this subject under the direction of Dr. Phineas Spaulding, of Haverhill, N. H., in the winter of 1861.After leaving Dartmouth, he continued his medical studies under Dr. A. B. Crosby, of Hanover, and Dr. William D. Buck, of Manchester.He was one of the seven members of his family who became a teacher and acted as instructor in a number of schools, both public and private, between the years 1857 and 1863.He also took two courses of lectures at Dartmouth Medical School, from which he was graduated in October, 1864, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.Immediately thereafter he went to Corry, Pa., where he engaged in the practice of his profession, and later continued his practice at Springield, Erie county, in that State, until 1867, in which year he returned to East Providence, and from that date until his death, which occurred in 1916, continued to practice here.At the time of his death he was the oldest physician of East Providence, and a man who was looked up to and admired by the entire community.He developed a very large practice and enjoyed a popularity during the many years of service here second to no physician in the community.While a student at Dartmouth College, Dr. Hunt became a member of the Kappa Kappa Kappa college fraternity, the only chapter of this fraternity, being founded by Daniel Webster, Rufus Choate and Charles B. Haddock, in 1842.He was also a Phi Beta Kappa man, and in 1878 was honored with the degree of Master of Arts by his alma mater.He was for many years an active member of the Providence Medical Association, the Rhode Island Medical Society, and the American Medical Association, and was also affiliated with the American Public Health Association.He was a charter member and afterwards an honorary member of the Rhode Island Medico-Legal Society, and held the position of medical examiner for the Tenth District of East Providence for six years, between 1885 and 1891, being appointed to this responsible post by Governor Bourne.He was also a prominent Free Mason, being a charter member (1864) and past master of Rising Son Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; and a member of Providence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Providence Council, Royal and Select Masters; Calvary Commandery, Knights Templar; Palestine Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Rhode Island Consistory, Scottish Rite; and of the Veteran Masonic Association.He also served his town as health officer from 1885 to 1887, and as a member of the school committee from 1886 to 1888.
Dr. Simeon Hunt married, October 25, 1865, Anna M. Balch, a daughter of Samuel W. Balch, of Lynn, N. H., and they became the parents of the following children:Charles Balch, born Sept. 2, 1866, died in infancy; William West, mentioned below; Charles Balch (2), born July 24, 1869, died in infancy; Fred Balch, born Jany. 8, 1872, and was drowned Aug. 2, 1882; Archie John, born Nov. 3, 1878, and now resides in Mexico, where he is engaged in the occupation of assayer.
(VIII)Dr. William West Hunt, son of Dr. Simeon (2) and Anna M. (Balch) Hunt, was born April 22, 1868, at East Providence.During his childhood Dr. Hunt attended the East Providence grammar school and afterwards the Classical High School in this city, from which he was graduated with the class of 1886 and where he completed his preparatory studies.He then entered Dartmouth College, but a year later left that institution to enter the medical school at Columbia University of New York City.It is natural that his early association with his talented and successful father should suggest to him the idea of following in his footsteps so far as his career was concerned.He continued his studies at Columbia University until 1890, when he was graduated with the medical degree, after which he did some special hospital work in the Hood-Wright Hospital.He then returned to Rhode Island and entered the Rhode Island Hospital at Providence, remaining associated with that institution in the surgical out-patient department for fourteen years.In the year 1890 he joined his father in general practice in this city, and continued thus engaged at the same time that he worked for the Rhode Island Hospital.He is now recognized as one of the leading physicians of this community, and is carrying on the splendid traditions established by his father of ability and absolute adherence to the highest ethical standards of his profession.Like his father, he is a prominent Mason, having attained the thirty-second degree of Free Masonry, and is a member and past master of Rising Sun Lodge, No. 30, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of East Providence; Providence Chapter, No. 1, Royal Arch Masons, of Providence; Providence Council, No. 1, Royal and Select Masters, of Providence; past commander of Calvary Commandery, No. 13, Knights Templar, of Providence; Palestine Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; and Rhode Island Consistory, Sovereign Princes of the Royal Secret; past patron of Naomi Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.Besides these Masonic bodies, Dr. Hunt is affiliated with the Improved Order of Red Men and the Ancient Order of the United Workmen, of which latter he is a charter member and has been medical examiner since its organization here.He is also past master workman of this lodge.Dr. Hunt has also been police surgeon for many years, and is a member of the Providence Medical Association, the Rhode Island State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.In politics Dr. Hunt does not identify himself with any party, but is an independent voter.
Dr. William West Hunt was united in marriage, May 11, 1892, at East Providence, with Eliza A. Johnson, a daughter of Pliny F. and Phoebe (Mann) Johnson.Dr. and Mrs. Hunt are the parents of two children, as follows:1.Frederick Johnson, born February 24, 1894; he was a student at the grammar school and Classical High School of East Providence, and afterwards attended Brown University, where he graduated with the class of 1915, being one of the honor men of this class; he received at that time his degree of Bachelor of Arts, and afterwards had the honorary degree of Master of Arts conferred upon him by his alma mater; he received his Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year and Delta Zeta Phi in senior year; he is at present connected with the trust department of the Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company; Frederick Johnson married Josephine Johnson, a lady who is no relation of his in spite of the identical name, and they are the parents of one child, Elizabeth Anna Hunt.2.Arthur Balch, born July 26, 1897; he attended the grammar school and Classical High School of Providence, and afterwards was a pupil at the Rhode Island State University at Kingston for a short time; he is now taking a commercial course at the Bryant & Stratton Business College, Providence."
illustration on facing page:
photo, Simeon Hunt, M. D.
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Descendants of John Hunt
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