481. Robert Alexander Hunter
was born on
24 Feb 1884 in Battle, McLennan County, Texas.
(1096) He appeared on the census on 15 Apr 1910 in Fort Worth, Tarrant
County, Texas.(1097) He appeared on
the census on 6 Jan 1920 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.
(1098) He was elected as Light Commissioner in Apr 1921 in Fort Worth,
Tarrant County, Texas. He appeared on the census on 23 Apr 1930 in Fort Worth,
Tarrant County, Texas.(1099) He died
on 10 Nov 1962 in Anaheim, Orange, California.
(255) He was buried on 13 Nov 1962 in Austin Memorial Park, Travis
Robert Hunter began his career in 1902 at the Southern Electric Companny in Fort
Worth. He was appointed City Electrical Inspector in Fort Worth in 1916. In
April, 1919, he resigned to work on the helium plant north of Fort Worth, and
then became the city sales manager for the H. L. Carson Company. He was elected
Commissioner of Lights for Fort Worth in April, 1921, serving until 1923. He
continued to work in Fort Worth until his retirement in 1937, when he built a
house just west of Austin, Texas, where he lived the rest of his life. He died
in Glendale, California, while returning from a visit to his grandaughter Elsie
Beard Hunt and her family who lived then at Gonzales, California.
He was a member of South Side Lodge No. 1114, and the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers in Fort Worth, as well as the Woodmen of the World and
the Knights of Pithias. Ella was active in the Eastern Star Lodge.
Buckley B. Paddock, History of Texas: Fort Worth and the Texas Northwest Edition
4 vols., Chicago: Lewis, 1922
R. A. HUNTER. In the Fort Worth municipal campaign that ended so satisfactorily
to those interested in clean, efficient and orderly administration of affairs,
one of the successful candidates was R. A. Hunter, present commissioner of lights.
Mr. Hunter is in every way highly qualified for his duties in this important
city department, since through practical experience and theoretical training
he has been identified with electrical engineering and practice nearly all his
Mr. Hunter was born in McLennan County, Texas, February 24, 1884, son of J. L.
and Martha Matilda (Dupuy) Hunter. His father was a native of Tennessee and
his mother of Arkansas. J. L. Hunter, now living retired at the age of eighty
at Polytechnic, the Fort Worth college suburb, was in early life a saddle and
harness maker. He left his work at the bench to join the Confederate army early
in the war between the states, but subsequently was assigned to special duty,
since his skill as a saddle and harness maker was more important to the Government
than what he could do as a soldier. After the war he moved to Texas, and for
many years conducted a growing business as a stock farmer near Waco. In 1899
he went to Taylor County and continued stock farming there until 1914, when he
retired and has since lived at Polytechnic, Fort Worth. He was very successful
in his affairs, is a staunch Democrat in politics, and for forty years has been
a leading member of the Methodist Church and has filled every lay office in the
denomination. Of his nine children seven are still living, R. A. Hunter being
the seventh in age.
R. A. Hunter was educated in the public schools of McLennan County and he supplemented
practical experience by courses of instruction in electrical engineering in the
International Correspondence School of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He began his
career in the electrical business at Fort Worth in 1902 with the old Southern
Electric Company. In 1916 he was honored with the appointment of inspector of
electrical work under the city government, but after three years resigned, on
April 1, 1919, to accept a position with the Government during construction of
the helium plant north of Fort Worth. He remained on duty there until the building
was nearly completed, and then became city sales manager for the H. L. Carson
Company. His election as commissioner of lights took place in April, 1921.
Mr. Hunter is a devoted member of Hemphill Heights Methodist Episcopal Church
and president of the Wesley Adult Bible Class. He was formerly affiliated with
the Maccabees, and for several years with the Woodmen of the World, being secretary-treasurer
of the degree team until a change of affairs came about in that order in 1918,
when he dropped his membership. He is affiliated with South Side Lodge No. 1114
of the Masonic Order. He has been in continuous good standing for nearly eighteen
years as a member of the Electrical Workers Local No. 116, I. B. of E. W., and
has filled every position in that body. His interest in good and practical government
measures his interest in politics, and he has been a man of influence in the
Fort Worth Democratic party for twelve or fourteen years. He is a progressive
in every sense. Mr. Hunter gave his active support to the prohibition movement,
voting the White ticket six times, and he stands ready to support that cause
and principle again should occasion demand.
On December 24, 1901, Mr. Hunter married Miss Ella Randall, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. A. Randall, of Fort Worth. They are the parents of four children, all living.
Homer, born September 12, 1904, and a graduate of the Senior High School in
June 1921; Leland, born January 24, 1907, in Taylor County, now a student in
the Junior High School; Mattie Louise, born May 21, 1910. attending the Fifth
Ward School; and Carrie Marie, born November 8, 1917.
HUNTERS OBSERVE 60 YEARS
Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Hunter, Bull Creek Road, have recently celebrated their
60th wedding anniversary.
The couple had lived in Austin since 1937, when they moved here from Fort Worth.
Mr. Hunter is a charter member of the Masonic Order of Fort Worth, and Mrs.
Hunter is a charter member of Eastern Star No. 681 of Fort Worth and is a past
matron of the same lodge. She was also mother advisor for the order of Rainbow
Mr. & Mrs. Hunter, active in church and community activities, are members
of the Shettles Memorial Methodist Church and have served as presidents of their
Sunday school classes. Mr. Hunter was in the electric business until his retirement
12 years ago.
Their immediate family includes Homer A. Hunter of Dallas, R. Lealand Hunter
of Fort Worth, Mrs. J. B. Beard of Bryan and Mrs. Carrie Marie Jones of Houston.
They also have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
From the Fort Worth newspaper, January 6, 1962:
60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
AUSTIN, Jan. 5 (Spl) -- Mr. And Mrs. Robert A. Hunter, who lived in Fort Worth
until about 1949, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their
ranch home near Austin.
The couple were honored by their children and their families, Mr. And Mrs. Homer
Hunter of Dallas; Mr. And Mrs. R. Leland Hunter of 627 Eastwood in Fort Worth;
Mr. And Mrs. Jim Beard of Bryan, and Mr. And Mrs. Drahn Jones of Houston. There
are eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The Hunters settled in Fort Worth early in the century, after their marriage
in West Texas in 1901. Both were prominent in civic and fraternal organizations
in Fort Worth and were charter members of the Matthews Memorial Methodist Church,
formerly Hemphill Heights Methodist Church. During the early 1920s, Hunter served
two terms as light commissioner.
From the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Monday, November 12, 1962, Twelve, Section
R. A. HUNTER, EX-COMMISSIONER OF LIGHTING HERE, DIES AT 78
Funeral arrangements for R. A. (Bob) Hunter, 78, of Austin, Fort Worth Lighting
commissioner in the early 1920s, will be announced by Weed-Corley Funeral Home
Hunter died in Los Angeles Saturday while on a vacation with his wife and two
daughters, Mrs. Jim Beard of Bryan and Mrs. Drahn Jones of Houston.
The former light commissioner, who moved from here in 1939 to Austin, was responsible
for the installation of the first white-way lights on N. Main and Camp Bowie
Blvd. He had been a concrete contractor.
Hunter was a charter member of Hemphill Heights Methodist Church, now Matthews
Memorial Methodist Church and a charter member of Hemphill Heights Masonic Lodge.
He was also a Knights Templar.
Other survivors include two sons, R. Leland Hunter of Fort Worth and Homer A.
Hunter of Dallas, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Also from the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Monday, November 12, 1962:
HUNTER, R. A., 78, of Austin, Fort Worth Light Commissioner in early 1920s, died
in Los Angeles Saturday while on a vacation with his wife and two daughters,
Mmes Jim Beard of Bryan and Drahn Jones of Houston. Services incomplete at Weed-Corley
Funeral Home of Austin.
Surviving also: two sons, R. Lealand of Fort Worth and Homer A. Hunter of Dallas,
eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
From the Salinas Newspaper, Salinas, California, about November 12, 1962:
TEXAS VISITOR PASSES AWAY ON TRIP HOME
Houseguests for a week at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Ernest Hunt and family
recently were Mrs. Hunt's grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Robert Hunter, Mrs. Jim
Beard and Mrs. Drahn Jones of Austin, Texas. This was their first trip to California
and enjoyed it tremendously.
Word was received this week by the Rev. Hunt that they had a happy trip, only
it was followed by tragedy.
Mr. Hunter, who was 79 years old, passed away on the trip home. Rev. Hunt added
that the family is thankful that Mr. Hunter got his life-time wish before he
had to go. All his life he wanted to make a trip to California and also to visit
the Hunt family, and he did.
He was married to Mary Ella Randall (daughter of Albert
Randall and Martha Ann Martin) on 24 Dec 1901 in Fort Worth,
Tarrant County, Texas.(1101)
Mary Ella Randall
was born on
16 Apr 1884 in Battle, McLennan County, Texas. She died on 31 Mar 1965 in Bryan,
Brazos County, Texas.(1102) She was
buried on 2 Apr 1965 in Austin Memorial Park, Travis County, Texas.
(1103) Robert Alexander Hunter and Mary Ella Randall had the following
Homer Alexander Hunter.
Robert Lealand Hunter.
Martha Louise Hunter.
Carie Marie Hunter.