HUNTER, AL, Assistant Manager, of the Central Co-Operative Coal Company, of Springfield, has had many years' experience in mining affairs, having spent his life in the business. Mr. Hunter, who resides at No. 2005 North Elizabeth Street, Springfield, was born at Chatham, Ill., July 12, 1876, a son of Robert and Sarah (Edwards) Hunter. Robert Hunter was born in Sangamon County, Ill., in 1853, and has been a miner all his life, now being in the employ of the concern of which his son is Assistant Manager. He married Mary Edwards, who was born in Loami, Ill., forty-nine years ago, and they had a family of seven children, namely: Al, Maggie, James, Bessie, Clarence, Ruth and Sadie.
Al Hunter attended the public schools of Chatham and Auburn, Ill., and in 1899 accompanied his parents to Springfield. He began working in mines when he was only fourteen years old, and his whole life has been spent in the business. He has held his present position since 1909 and largely through his efforts the company has increased its volume of business very considerably. Mr. Hunter has a nice home at No. 2005 North Elizabeth Street, in the capital city. His politics are those of the Democratic party, and his fraternal connection is with the Eagles.
In May 1901, Mr. Hunter was united in marriage with Miss Amanda Roe, of Springfield. They have had no children. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter are consistent members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.