ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
HARRIET E. HUNT
Harriet Earle Hunt, founder of the Sioux City Stylus and one of Iowa'sfirst
women editors and publishers, was born in Ohio on the 3d of April, 1840.She
was the daughter of William Y. and Amelia Earle.Ralph Earle,her
great-great-great-great-grandfather, came over from England in approximately the year 1634 and settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He took a prominent part in public affairs of that town, being a member of the town council, and a
representative of Portsmouth at all the out-of-town councils. He appears as a member of an important council of the New England states in 1645.His decease is surmised to have occurred about 1678.
His son, William Earle, was also a prominent citizen of Portsmouth,Rhode
Island, and died in 1715.William's son, Ralph Earle, was born inPortsmouth
in 1660, but moved to Leicester, Massachusetts, where he died in1757,
bequeathing large tracts of land to his children.Ralph's son,Robert Earle, was
born in Leicester, Massachusetts, in 1706 and died in 1796.Fond of
equestrianism, he rode until he had reached the age ofeighty-nine, traveling at these advanced years from Leicester to Chester, Vermont, in one day. Robert's son,
George Earle, was born in 1735, andmoved to Chester, Vermont, as a young man.He was captain of a company ofChester (Vermont) militia throughout the Revolutionary war, and his son,Frederick Earle, served throughout the
Revolution as a private in his father's company.A gunsmith, George Earle passed away in 1806, and his son in 1847at Chester, Vermont. Then followed William Young Earle, son of FrederickEarle and the father of Harriet.Soon after her
birth her parents went ina covered wagon to Maquoketa, Iowa, via Chicago, which was then called Fort Dearborn. Her father was offered a large tract of land in what is now the heart of Chicago in exchange for his outfit, but the land looked so swampy and unattractive that Mr. Earle refused to consider the offer, and drove on farther west.He settled in Maquoketa and raised a family of thirteen children.
Harriet Earle received her education at the Maquoketa Academy and
specialized in music.One of her instructors was the late ProfessorMueller, who
afterward was junior partner in the firm of Schmoller & Muellerat Council Bluffs,
On October 8, 1864, Harriet Earle was united in marriage at De Witt,Iowa,
to Gilbert Watson Hunt, a young newspaper man of Maquoketa, Iowa.Their eldest son, Charles E. Hunt, was born here on the 14th of August, 1865.A few years later the family moved to Monticello, Iowa, where Mr. Hunt became editor
and proprietor of the Jones County Liberal, which afterward became the Democrat. They made their home in Monticello, where their children, Harry and Kittie, twins, Louise Adella, George Lytton and Fred Ralph, were born.In the
spring of 1880 they removed to Fonda, Iowa, where Mr. Hunt founded the Fonda Democrat. There was born a daughter, Susan, who died at the age of three months.The family next removed to Storm Lake, Iowa, where Mr. Hunt edited a
democratic paper for a short time.In 1883 the family located in Le Mars, Iowa, where Mr. Hunt edited the Daily Democrat, which later became a tri-weekly and next a weekly publication. This paper, now known as the Post, is still in
existence at Le Mars.A son, Arthur Clarkson, was born there.In the spring of 1886 the family located inSioux City, where Mr. Hunt started the Democrat, a weekly paper.
On May 11, 1889, Mrs. Harriet Earle Hunt launched a free lance in the
newspaper field which she named the Sioux City Stylus.It was distributedfree of
charge for a year, with advertising the source of revenue.At theend of the
first year a subscription was charged and the paper became a vehiclefor
legal publications, which it has remained ever since.Mrs. Hunt wasnot only a
pioneer business woman of Sioux City, but one of the first womeneditors and
publishers in the state of Iowa.She possessed the samecourage in blazing a
trail in an untried field for women as her parentsdisplayed in blazing a
trail through to a new part of the country, with its manyattendant dangers.
Mrs. Hunt continued the publication of the stylus until March 19, 1906,when
she passed away at the age of sixty-five.She had helped her sons togain a
college education and had educated her daughters in music.Shemaintained
high ideals in her newspaper work, despite the fact that she oftenlost in a
commercial way.At her death her daughter, Mrs. Kathryn HuntJames, took up
her work and has maintained her mother's ideals.
Mrs. James is the author of two books, "Wayside Glints," which waspublished
in 1898, and "Sparkling Shots," published in 1901, besides many otherhuman
interest narratives which she has published in the Sytlus throughout many
years and which have been widely quoted.The Sioux City Stylus recently
celebrated its thirty-seventh anniversary.The editorial and business headquarters are situated on the sixth floor of the Woodbury county courthouse, in connection with the Sioux City Law Library, of which Mrs. James is assistant
librarian.Mrs. James is affiliated with the Sioux City Woman's Club, the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Sioux City Humane Society, the Women's Christian Temperance Union and several other organizations.She was recently appointed chairman of a censorship committee on literature by Mayor W. S. Gilman.
Charles E. Hunt, the eldest son, was united in marriage at Sioux City,Iowa,
in 1890, to Miss Grace Barnes, who passed away in the spring of 1896.He was
married to Miss Florence Reynolds, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1899.Two
children were born of this union, Hayward and Louise.The familyis living in
Seattle, Washington, where Mr. Hunt is commercial editor of the
Harry H. Hunt, the second son, was united in marriage at Sioux City,Iowa,
April 14, 1898, to Miss Aldea Delier of Sioux City.Two children,Charles
Arthur and Harry Pierre, were born on October 19, 1899, and February 3,1901,
respectively.Harry H. Hunt passed away on the 8th of February,1920.
Louise Adella Hunt passed away at Sioux City, Iowa, September 18, 1895,at
the age of twenty-four.
Fred R. Hunt was united in marriage to Mrs. Zaidee Pease at Chicago in1908.
One son, Fred Hunt, was born to this union.Mr. Hunt is editor of the Chicago Leader at Chicago, Illinois.
Arthur Clarkson Hunt was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Glaate of
Buffalo, New York, in 1913.One daughter, Martha Jane Hunt, was born March 25, 1921.Mr. Hunt resides at 44 Rugby Road, Buffalo, New York.
George Lytton Hunt is unmarried and resides at Denver, Colorado, a printer by trade.