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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Kent, Antoinette Cowles
Mrs. Mary Wadham Hunt,   pp. 151-156 PDF (1.2 MB)


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village were people of culture. Assemblies here were
often composed of people from Geneva, Canandaigua,
Bath, Bactavia and Buffalo. Her father built the first
house in Genesee. This town also had its mystery.
    There was a house no one dared to enter. From it,
a broad-backed monster, a sea serpent swam out and re-
turned. The old building burned. Nothing was found
but rubber burned to a crisp.
    October 23, 1807, Mary Wadhams married Dr. Hiram
Hunt, a physician of Mount Morris, New York. Over-
come by the ardorous dutied of a pioneer physician, he
early passed away, October 8, 1853. After numerous
changes of residence Mrs. Hunt accompanied her son-in-
law, Dr. Fayette Royce and her daughter Catherine, Mrs.
Fayette Royce to Beloit, Wisconsin, in 1868. Their home
was 635 College Avenue. It is a substantial brick build-
ing that has been built for eighty years. It faces Beloit
College, directly east of the Carnegie Library. It is now
the home of Professor Clarke of the College.
    Dr. Royce was an esteemed Rector of St. Paul's Ep-
iscopal Church for 29 years until his demise in 1897. In
this home Mrs. Hunt lived for forty years. Besides her
daughter she had the companionship of her two grand-
daughters, Mary and Anne Royce. It was a home of fine
literary and musical culture. The profusion of press
notices she received in Beloit, the city of her farewell,
attest the admiration in which she was held. When 73
years of age, with her little granddaughter, Mary Royce,
she revisited the scenes of her youth, making an extended
tour of five months' duration. At the age of 82 years
she succeeded in compiling an elaborate table of her fam-
ily genealogy, assisted by Stephen Miles Hopkins. With
an unimpared mind she continued an uninterrupted cor-
respondence with her friends almost to the very last of
her lifetime. From the Free Press, January 22, 1902, on
the occasion of the celebration of her 100th anniversary:
"In the family will be a quiet reunion; but in the com-
munity at large it will be a matter of great interest and
pride."
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