About May Louise Hunt
Coming from a line of school teachers on her mother's side it is no wonder May Hunt Larson was blessed with an exceptionally brilliant mind. This combined with the determination of grandmother Hunt to master difficulties who at the age of 72 years learned to write. The courage of her grandfather, Captain Jefferson Hunt, of Mormon Battalion fame, and the leadership of her father, John Hunt, who for over 30 years directed the affairs of the town of Snowflake, Arizona, makes her an invaluable asset to any community. She is the daughter of John Hunt and Lois Pratt. She was born May 5, 1869, in San Bernardino, California, the second of eight children, six girls and two boys.
When she was nine months old, she was very ill with influenza, which deprived her of the sight of one eye; but somehow she had managed to see as much, and read and study more, than most people with two eyes. When she was three years old, her parents moved from California to Beaver, Utah. here she went to her first school as soon as she could talk well, her mother's sister, Louisa Partt, being the teacher. Later she attended school taught by her grandmother, Louisa B. Pratt, and to another of her mother's sisters, Ellen Pratt McGary.
From 13 to 16 years old, she was a member of a select private school taught by Richard S. Horne, or Teacher Horne as his pupils called him. That was the last school she ever attended. She was married to Alof Larson, october 26, 1881, and for 55 years they lived together. Thirteen children were born to them, six of whom died, four in infancy and two in young manhood.
SOURCE: In Our Own Words: The Lives of Arizona Pioneer Women, by Barbara Marriott