Dr. Willis


DR. WILLIS H. HUNT was born in Rhode Island on April 19, 1855. His older brother, Dr. Henry F. Hunt, settled in Camden around 1864, and was successful, well known, and much respected practitioner, whose home and office was at 511 Cooper Street..

He began the study of medicine in Providence under Dr. Elmer Eddy. Entering Harvard in 1874, he graduated in June of 1877. In the fall of 1877 he came to Philadelphia and entered Hahneman College in Philadelphia. Prowell's History of Camden County, New Jersey states that Dr. Hunt withdrew after on year due to ill-health.

Dr. Willis H. Hunt soon came to Camden and commenced the practice of medicine in locally 1878. By 1887 he had established residence and practice at 315 Market Street. He was a Mason, a member of the Knights of Pythias, and of the Improved Order of Red Men.

In 1888 Dr. Hunt married Frances K. Giles, She passed away in December of 1895. A fey years later he again married. His second wife was the former Mary Fidell. A daughter, Ruth, was born in November of 1899. Sadly, Dr. Willis Hunt passed away in 1900, and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, next to his first wife, Frances. Besides his wife and daughter, Willis Hunt was survived by two sons born to his his first wife, Willis and Eugene.

Mary Fidell Hunt subsequently moved to 424 North 6th Street in Camden, where she resided at with her widowed mother Lydia and brother Charles when the Census was taken on June 7. A few years later she was in New York, where she met and married Dr. Frederick Cook, the then-famous Arctic explorer, whose claim to have been the first to reach the North Pole were discounted during his lifetime, but have gained considerable support in more recent times. 

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 25, 1885

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Philadelphia Inquirer - October 11, 1887



Jacob C. Daubman - Charles Fackler - Dr. Willis Hunt - Charles Pedigree - David Baird - George S. West Dr. James G. Stanton - William O. Sloan - Thomas Harned - George Barrett - John Campbell
William H. Chandler - William F. Reed - Dr. John D. Leckner - John Corbitt - John Blowe - Harry B. Paul
George Pfeiffer
- David M. Chambers - George W. Tenner - Benjamin M. Braker - John H. Doerr 
David Jones - L.D. Sheppard - H.C. Hopper - A.J. Hoey - Frank Warren
Edward Dudley - B.L. Bonsall - John D. Glover - Peter Arrison - Dr. Onan Gross

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August 24, 1892

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 22, 1895

Biographical Review - 1897



Philadelphia Inquirer - June 11, 1897

Dr. S,H. Quint - Dr. Willis H. Hunt - Dr. A.L. Ironsides
Dr. Wallace McGeorge

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 2, 1899

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Trenton Times - May 5, 1899

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 12, 1900

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 14, 1900

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 15, 1900


April 24, 1900

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San Jose, California Mercury-News
January 12, 1909

Fort Worth
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September 9, 1909

Ruth Hunt and her step-father,
Dr. Frederick Cook