370. Dempsey Allen Hunter
was born on
19 Jun 1851 in Williamson County, Illinois.(329)
He appeared on the census on 15 Jun 1880 in Enfield, White County, Illinois.
(851) He appeared on the census on 8 Jun
1900 in Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa.(852)
He died on 19 Jan 1911 in Williamson County, Illinois.
Reverend D. A. Hunter
Pastor of Christian Church, Herrin, Illinois
From 1905 Historical Souvenir of Williamson County, Illinois by J. F. Wilcox
The subject of this brief sketch, whose labors in the ministry have made his
name a familiar household word over half a dozen or more states and territories
in the West, is a native-born Williamson County product, where he first saw the
light on a farm near Herrin. His father was Allen Hunter, who bought the farm
when his son was one year old, and where he lived to the ripe old age of 83.
He was a United Baptist preacher, preaching the Gospel Sundays and working his
farm weekdays for upwards of fifty years. The son followed in the footsteps
of the father, remaining on the farm and in the local schools until 18 years
old, when he spent a year in the college at Enfield. Two years at McLeansboro,
followed by two more at Enfield, closed his school days, when he turned his attention
to teaching as a profession. He had sandwiched teaching between terms at College
up to this time, but from this period forward for thirteen years he did little
else. He married at the age of 22, while at Enfield the second time. His wife's
name was Florence Garrison.
He first joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with which body he remained
until 26 years old. At the age of 26, he joined the Christian Church and occasionally
preached for them, but it was not until he was 33 that he laid aside all other
business and gave himself up to the work of the ministry. He first evangelized
in White County for three years and spent two years in Southern Illinois and
Indiana, when he took a pastorate at Gurnee, in Lake County, Northern Illinois.
From the first he has been active and successful as a minister, laboring and
traveling extensively in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South
Dakota and Oklahoma, but whether as evangelist or Missionary or settled as a
pastor he was always successful and welcomed to his flock.
The following are the principal places where he has labored: On leaving Gurnee,
where he spent one year, he went to Lynnville, Morgan County; then to Princeton,
the County Seat of Bureau Co, then to KesKerk County, Iowa, where he served the
church at Delta and Sigourney for four years. This was followed by two years
at Laurels, when he resigned and took charge of the church at Jefferson, Green
County, Iowa, where he stayed for seven years, the first two as pastor, and the
balance of the time as Evangelist, part of the time under the direction of the
Missionary Board. He served the church at Augusta, Butler County, Kansas, two
years, then to Galena, near the Southeast corner of the state. He then received
a call to serve the church at Herrin, his native town, where he is now settled
since March, 1904.
Mr. Hunter has a vigorous and active brain, which brooks no limit in knowledge,
but seeks to compass as wide a field as possible. He has studied medicine, psychology,
osteopathy, as well as matters of general interest and utility connected with
the ministry. He has never practiced medicine as a profession, and osteopathy
but six months, filling the pulpit Sundays meanwhile. He took his degree in
psychology from Dr. Parkyn of Chicago, confining his work generally to the ministry.
He at one time took some interest in Fraternal Insurance and organized the Order
of Giant Oaks, now consolidated with the American Guild at Richmond, Va. He
is a member of the Modern Woodsmen and A. O. U. W. besides the greater orders
of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and Knights Templar.
He has three sons and one daughter living and grown to maturity. His eldest
son, E. E. Hunter, is an electric light and steam engineer at Oklahoma City,
Okla. His second son, C. R. Hunter, is a train dispatcher of Boone, Iowa., and
his third son, Marshall, is the editor and publisher of the Herrin Daily Promoter.
His daughter, Mildred Lee Hunter, lives in Joplin, Mo. His youngest child,
Dempsey Dale, died of diphtheria last December.
Mr. Hunter comes of a vigorous and long-lived stock on both sides. His mother,
whose maiden name was Elizabeth Lee, of the Virginia family of Lee's is still
living on the old homestead near Herrin, at the age of 84.
He was married to Elizabeth Florence Garrison (daughter of
William P. Garrison and Elizabeth Boyer) on 7 Mar 1875
in White County, Illinois.(853)
Elizabeth Florence Garrison was born on 15 Sep 1858 in Enfield,
White County, Illinois. Dempsey Allen Hunter and Elizabeth Florence Garrison
had the following children:
Ernest Elam Hunter.
Charles Royal Hunter.
John Marshall Hunter.
Mildred Lee Hunter.
Dempsey Dale Hunter was born in Mar 1892 in Iowa. He died in Dec 1904
in Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois.
Died of Diptheria.