Myrtle Ida Hunter

Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(January 8, 1882 - June 14, 1984)

The Lusk Herald
June, 1984


Funeral serivces for Myrtle Ida Hunter, 102, an area Hereford rancher since 1915, were held Mon. at 2 p.m. at Peet Mortuary Chapel in Lusk. Miss Hunter died at her home in Lusk on June 14.

Myrtle Hunter was born January 8, 1882, near Everly, Iowa, the second to the youngest of the four children of William and Helen Hunter. In 1897, the family moved to Dixon. Mo., where they cleared land and developed a commercial apple orchard.

At the age of 16, Myrtle comnpleted a Normal School Course and started teaching school. Many of her pupils were older than her. Around the turn of the century, she homesteaded in western South Dakota. All water had to be hauled 12 miles from the White River. She later returned to Missouri to assist her parents.

In 1915 Myrtle and her parents traded their interest in a canning factory in Missouri for the Mashek ranch southeast of Lusk. In 1917, her brother, Charles Hunter, and her sister, Olive Hunter, re-joined the rest of the Hunter family. They brought with them the foundation registered Hereford stock they had acquired in Montana. They then developed one of the outstanding Hereford herds in the west. They sold breeding stock to breeders in many states and many of America's finest herds bear the stamp of the Hunter stock today.

In the early 1970's, due to advancing age, Myrtle and her sister Olive dispersed their herd and moved to Lusk. Her sister Olive passed away January 12, 1961, at the age of 96.

Myrtle is survived by two nephews, Charles Bryant of Riverton, Wyo. and Edward Bryant of Potomac, Md.; two grandnephews, three grand-nieces, five great-grandnephews and four great-grandnieces. The Rev. Roy Howell of the United Church of Christ in Lusk will conduct memorial services. Active bearers are Lawrence Kaan, Richard Keenan, Noal Larson, S. E. West, Harry Brown and Leonard DeGering.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.

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