Hunt, Donald James (1892 - 1912)






----Source: Greenwood Gleaner, Thursday, Oct. 10, 1912




The news of the death of Donald Hunt came over the wire Monday from Eau Claire as a shock barbed with pain and sorrow to those who were acquainted with him--knew his kindly disposition, fine moral character and sturdy constitution.

His untimely demise from this world will be felt hardest by those loved ones whom he leaves to mourn his departure.

Donald James Hunt was born Oct. 24th, 1892, at Greenwood, Clark County, Wisconsin, the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Hunt. His entire life, with the exception of a year at school, was spent in this city. He graduated from the high school in a class of seventeen in June 1910. He met instant death Monday morning, according to the Eau Claire Leader, in the freight elevator in a manner which no one can account for as there were no eye witnesses to the accident. The Leader further states: The lifeless form was discovered shortly after the accident by Messrs Gilbert and Hanson, employees of the company.

That the body was found ten minutes after the accident occurred is certain as young Hunt was seen by other employees about ten minutes before his lifeless form was discovered. When found the head was badly crushed and there was every indication that death was instantaneous.

The unfortunate young man leaves a widowed mother at Greenwood and four brothers, Clarence, Marion, Hale and Newel and one sister, Mrs. C. H. Brown of Loyal. The father, H. W. Hunt, preceding him in death a few years ago.

The late Mr. Hunt was a young man of rare qualifications. He was bent on getting to the top of the ladder and as an employee in the shipping department at the harvester plant was in line for promotion. He was industrious and possessed self reliance. He had a promising career. Besides working at the harvester plant, he was taking a student's course and paying his tuition. He roomed at the Y.M.C.A. and was well thought of there. He was a member of the Glee Club. He boarded at the residence of Henry Kassabaum formerly the Stockhausen place on North Street. On Sunday he took dinner at the McMillian's restaurant near the Omaha depot. He was a young man that appealed to anyone at once and his untimely end is regretted by all who knew him.

Mr. Hunt attended Lawrence College last year, his freshman year. He was admitted to the D.I. Fraternity while there and was also a member of the Choral Club and Orchestra at Lawrence.

Later according to the coroners verdict after the inquest, death was met accidentally. Donald was at work on the second floor and went down to bring up the elevator. In entering he started the elevator and at the same time the gate dropped hitting him on the head throwing him out of the elevator onto the floor letting him fall to the pit when the elevator had passed.

Don, as he was familiarly known, had been in the employ of the Harvester company at Eau Claire, when not attending school, for the past few years. He was in line for promotion and was holding a responsible position with them. Always known to be faithful and trustworthy in his duties. He was one of Greenwood's best young men.

Mr. E. F. Wollenberg went to Eau Claire immediately upon receipt of the news and returned with the body yesterday morning.

Services will be held this afternoon at two o'clock, from the M. E. Church, where the last sad rites will be performed by Rev. Braddock. Interment taking place in the Greenwood cemetery.



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