She attended Beaver Creek Grade School, graduating with other rural graduates in a
    county ceremony held in the Mallory Opera House. There was no school large enough to
    handle the group. She has one of the programs in that spring 19I3 graduating group
    showing herself and five others who had a part in the program.
    She graduated with the l9l8 class of Paola High School, and her part in that program
    published in l92l by T. H. Kinsella, L.L.D. entitled, The History of our Cradle Land.
    Ethel worked in the draft office of World War I in the courthouse with four members of the
    draft board until it was officially closed in April, 1919. Then, she was a stenographer in the
    law offices of Charles T. Meuser, Paola, until her marriage to Dr. W. W. Hunt, April 29,
    1922. One daughter was born to this marriage, Gerry. She is Mrs. John P. Gaughan,
    Fairway, Kansas.
    Mrs. Hunt was elected Clerk of the District Court of Miami County in November, 1940, an
    office she held until retirement January 13, 1969. During that time and since, she has
    served her community in various capacities. She was assistant to the Clerk of Selective
    Service, registering men for World War II. For many years, she worked as a volunteer on
    the reception desk committee at our local hospital, served as secretary for five years to the
    Hospital Auxiliary.
    She compiled the scrapbook of early activities for the opening of Lakemary Center, Inc.
    Through the years, she has been an officer and ardent supporter of the Alumni of Paola
    High School, keeping interest alive in class reunions for returning graduates. Her great-
    grandfather, George Washington Wise, brought his wife and eight children from Indiana to
    Middle Creek Township in September, 1859, in covered wagons. Five more children were
    born. Mrs. Hunt's grandfather, William H. Wise, a Civil War veteran, was one of those
    children.
    It was through her association with him as a child, that she developed an interest in the past
    and in her roots. She is a charter member of the Miami County Historical Society, serving as
    a director and treasurer the first ten years.
    She resigned to establish the library in the Swan River Museum where she has given many
    hours helping school children and others in genealogy until she suffered a stroke while
    working in the museum library October 23, 1985.
    Since then, she has worked from her home records, no Ionger able to research newspaper
    and courthouse records.
    The board of the Paola Free Library gave her 43 years of Paola weekly newspapers, and
    she spent three years clipping and cataloging. Also, she has typed tombstone inscriptions
    in fifty Miami County cemeteries over a period of ten years.
    When she is no longer able to use her home records, they will be given to Miami County
    Historical Society library in the museum, so that others may search for their roots.
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