Arthur M. Gaunt – The Majority of the best farmers of Rock Island county are those who have spent
their lives in agricultural work.  Having centered their interest and efforts on this calling, they have produced gratifying results, and raised the standard of their neighborhood.  One of the progressive farmers of this locality is Arthur M. Gaunt of Edgington township.  He was born near Edgington, November 8, 1885, a son of John Mathias and Hannah M. (Johnson) Gaunt, and a grandson of the late John H. Gaunt.  The latter was born September 2, 1828, at Newton Moor, Cheshire England, and died in Reynolds, April 12, 1911, aged eighty-two years.  He came to Rock Island, in November, 1851, and in the following month was married to Miss Mary A. Brooks.  They had five children: Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson of Peoria, Mrs. Eva Jones deceased; Joshua F., of Koshkonong, Mo., and Jonathan and Mathias, of Reynolds.  Sixty years ago, he settled on a farm in the vicinity of Edgington, later moving into Mercer county, but he returned to Rock Island county, where he rounded out his useful life.  His first wife died in 1899, and that same year he married Mrs. Cyrena Wade of Orion, who survives him.  In religious faith, he was a Methodist, and he died firm in its faith.  His son, John Mathias was born in Mercer county, Ill., in 1860, and his wife was born in the same year in Rock Island county.  Their children were as follows: Ethel D., deceased; Pearl E., deceased, and Arthur.  The two daughters are buried in Reynolds cemetery.

Arthur M. Gaunt was brought up in Edgington township, and there educated, attending the high school of Reynolds.  He also took a course at Brown’s Business College, Davenport, Ia., from which he was graduated August 13, 1908.  He began farming on the homestead, operating 160 acres, which he has in a high state of cultivation.

     On March 4, 1908, Mr. Gaunt was married by Rev. T.R. Johnston of Edgington to Emma Doonan Hogan, daughter of John and Etta (Johnston) Hogan of Mercer county, Ill., natives of this state.  The mother died in 1887, but the father survives, aged fifty-five years.  He is in a livery business at Aledo.  Mr. and Mrs. Hogan had the following family: Mrs. Mary Lewis, Mrs. Margaret Rush, James and Mrs. Gaunt, who, from two years of age was reared by Mr. and Mrs. William Doonan.  He now resides with Mrs. Gaunt, Mrs. Doonan having died June 27, 1907, and was buried in Reynolds cemetery.  Wm. Doonan and wife had three children of their own: Mary J., who married Sam Moffitt of Bowling township; Thomas M., and Ethelinda who died at the age of four years.  Mrs. A.M. Gaunt graduated from the Reynolds High School in the class of 1903.  Mr. and Mrs. Gaunt have one son, Orville W., born July 4, 1909.  Mr. Gaunt is a Freemason, belonging to the lodge of Buffalo Prairie.  For the past few years, he has been path master of the township, an office formerly held by his father, who was also a school director.  Self-reliant, energetic, an excellent farmer and good business man, Mr. Gaunt is numbered among the representative men of his locality.

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