James Hunting moved to North Conway with his first wife, Augustus Jones. He purchased a property next to W. R. Carter on Main Street in North Conway where he was the proprietor of an art store for about 25 years. He married his second wife, Susan, on October 28, 1916.
He spent time in Europe where he sketched and painted. He gave freely of his talent, teaching others how to paint. He also devoted time to the New Hampshire Development Commission when it first began work in the area.
He belonged to the Masonic Order of the Eastern Star as well as the Pequawket Grange.
In the book Rediscovering Some New England Artists, Francis E. Getty and James D. Hunting are described as the best friends of William F. Paskell. The three were known as the “Three Musty Steers.” They apparently fancied themselves as gourmet cooks and were also avid bridge players. In earlier years, they would often visit the home and studio of Benjamin Champney.
His funeral service was held at the Congregational Church in North Conway. A poem, apparently by Hunting, was read at the service.
“When earths last picture is painted
and tubes are twisted and dried
when the oldest colors have faded
and the youngest critic has died
we shall rest, and — faith we shall need it —
lie down for an eon or two.
Till the Master of all good workment shall set us to work, a new.”
Descendent of James D. Hunting, Judith Masrtromarion
Rediscovering Some New England Artists