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William Wylie Hunter, M.D.
Born July 11, 1858
Dr. William Wylie Hunter, who for more than two decades has practiced in Monticello, has, like most established family physicians, obtained an influence in his community that is more far-reaching than that of any man sustaining other relations to the public. Dr. Hunter was born in Jones county, July 11, 1858, a son of Cyprian and Sarah Jane (Clark) Hunter, who came to this state from Mercer county, Pennsylvania. The father, who followed farming as a life work, was also a defender of the Union cause in the Civil war and lost his life at Young's Point, during the struggle.
The son was reared on the home farm and acquired his elementary learning in the public schools. From his youth he had a strong ambition to enter professional lines and after reaching mature years abandoned the quiet life of the farm and took up the study of medicine in the medical department of the State University of Iowa, graduating from that institution in 1886. In the meantime, in 1885, he acted as intern in Mercy Hospital at Davenport, Iowa, and through this means acquired a practical knowledge of the science of medicine. Following his graduation he located for practice in Center junction, spending two years in that place. He sought a broader field of labor, however, and subsequently opened an office in Monticello, where he has engaged in general practice to the present time. He is a busy and successful practitioner, having become the dependable family physician in many a household, not only in Monticello but in the territory adjacent to the city.
It was during his residence in Center junction that Dr. Hunter was married on the 29th of February, 1888, to Miss Lillian E. Winner. They have a son and daughter. Blanche Pauline, now eighteen years of age, is in her second year in college at Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Harvey Dean, a lad of twelve years, is at home.
Dr. Hunter has, since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, supported the men and measures of the republican platform, and in 1893 was elected mayor of Monticello, in which office he served faithfully and well. He is a Mason, becoming identified with the order in 1883, while in 1894 he joined the Odd Fellows society and in 1899 became a member of the Knights of Pythias. In the line of his profession he belongs to the American Medical, the Iowa Union, the Iowa State and the Jones County Medical Societies, while in religious faith he is a Methodist. He has gained recognition as one of the able and successful physicians of the state, and by his labors, his high professional attainments and his sterling characteristics has justified the respect and confidence in which he is held by the medical fraternity and the local public.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 237.


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