Clemens A. HUNCK


C. A. HUNCK was born in Germany, on the 30th of September, 1846. In 1874, he came to America, locating in Washington county, Wisconsin, where he was engaged in various pursuits. In the spring of 1876, he came to St. Cloud, and in the fall, started a general merchandise store in St. George township, since which time he has been doing a good business. Since 1877, he has been Postmaster. Mr. Hunck was married to Miss Dinah Schulte, of Washington county, Wisconsin, in 1877. They have two children.

History of the Upper Mississippi Valley (1881) p. 366 [St George]


Clemens A. Hunck, one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Benton county, Minnesota, is a resident of St. George township, his residence being on section 34. He is a man of exceptional business capacity and is the prominent merchant of Duelm, and for more than a quarter of a century was the efficient postmaster of that place.

Mr. Hunck was born in Germany, September 30, 1846, and was a son of William and Theresia (Middeler) Hunck, both of whom were natives of Germany. He was reared on a farm in his native land, and attended the schools there and at the age of twenty-one years enlisted in the Prussian army and served three years, participating in the German-Franco war in 1870-71. His blind cousin, Bernard Hunck, at the age of sixty-five years, in 1874, came to America with the desire to spend his last days with his only living daughter, Mrs. Ludwig Esselman of Newburg, Wisconsin, and our subject accompanied him. He came direct to Wisconsin and there secured employment with a farmer. The following fall he went into the woods to work and then began to learn the English language. The next spring he began working in a store in Newburg, Wisconsin, for the firm of B. Dangers & Company, and after a year there came to Benton county, in June, 1876, and located in Duelm, St. George township. He established a general merchandise store and in 1877 was appointed postmaster, which position he held for over twenty-five years. He now carries a stock of general merchandise valued at $10,000, and is the owner of two fine farms, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres each, on which he has put all modern improvements and machinery and has the land under high cultivation. He keeps fifteen cows and eight horses, and has all the machinery necessary. He has erected good buildings on the place and altogether has a valuable property. That region was in its primitive state when he located there and there were but few settlers and for some years he occupied a frame house 22 by 30 feet in size which served as store and dwelling both. They attended services in a log church. He now has a handsome residence and attends the services of the Catholic church in a fine structure which has replaced the early house of worship.

Mr. Hunck was married February 5, 1877, to Vernandina Schulte, who was born in Wisconsin, April 4, 1852. To this union four children have been born, namely: William H., Bertha E., Clara A., and Rudolph F. C. Mr. Hunck has served as township treasurer for sixteen years and as school treasurer of district 36 for many years, and enjoys the confidence of all who know him. He was elected a state representative in 1892 and served in that capacity for two years. His efficient and earnest work during his administration won for him a host of friends and he was again placed on the Democratic ticket for the same office in 1902. He is a stanch supporter of Democratic principles, and is a man of broad mind and good judgment and well merits his good name as a business man and citizen. His wife and children are also held in high esteem by all who know them.

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota (1904) pp. 777-8

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