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First Wyoming pioneer Association prexy honored

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2010
Contact: Beverly Holmes, 307-632-7566

John C. Hunton, the first president on the Wyoming Pioneer Association, will be honored with the unveiling of a new confederate grave marker September 10 in Cheyenne.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m., at the Wyoming National Guard Museum, 624 East Pershing Blvd. Sharon Field, genealogist and Hunton researcher, will provide a historical background of his life. Also, retired U.S. Army Colonel, Bob Bezek, will share Hunton’s military history.

Following those presentations, the group will travel two blocks to Lakeview Cemetery, 2501 Seymour Avenue for the unveiling of the Hunton grave marker.

Before arriving in Wyoming, Hunton served in the Virginia Infantry for the Confederate Army. He served at Harper’s Ferry and Gettysburg, and was in service when General Lee surrendered at Appomattox. Also, for a time, Hunton was a prisoner of war.

Hunton then traveled to Wyoming Territory where he became a freighter, road house owner, cattleman, community leader and fort sutler.

The Wyoming Pioneer Association originally met in 1884 but wasn’t officially organized until December 1925. The first annual meeting was held September 15, 1926, and Hunton was elected president. However, over the years, Hunton’s grave site was not marked correctly.

Part of the purpose of the Wyoming Pioneer Association includes: to establish a museum (the Wyoming Pioneer Museum in Douglas), to gather and preserve the state history, to perpetuate the names of its early settlers and to locate and mark historical sites.