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John W. Hutton
Born April 20, 1858
Among the native sons of Scotch Grove township, who have not only attained success in their vocation but have reached a position of trust and honor in the eyes of their fellow citizens, must be numbered John W. Hutton, who owns valuable land on sections 9, 10 and 16. He was born April 20, 1858, his parents being Samuel E. and Jane (Davis) Hutton. On his father's side he is descended from one of the pioneers of this state, for his grandfather, James Hutton, came to Jones county in 1835. He was of Kentucky nativity but shortly after his marriage came to this state, where he had entered government land. His first home was a rude structure built of logs, but it sheltered him and his family until 1861, when they moved to a more adequate dwelling. In early years it was also the building in which the county clerk sat for lack of a more suitable edifice in which to propound the law.
John W. Hutton attended the common schools at his locality and was reared to manhood by his grandfather, under whose guidance he acquired that training for the work of life which has been productive of such rich results. In 1884 he bought eighty acres of the old homestead, which has since been his home and the scene of his active toil. It was but the beginning of his landholdings, however, for he now owns one hundred and sixty acres of arable land on sections 9 and 16, and sixty-four acres of timber on section 10. He has carried on general farming and he has engaged in a small way in the breeding of standard bred road horses. From both of his farm interests he has derived an income which is a patent and gratifying record of his skill and industry as a husbandman. Progressive in his ideas and unsparing of any exertion which might tend to the efficiency of his methods and his ultimate success, he has become one of the men who represent the prosperity of Scotch Grove township.
Mr. Hutton has never married but finds his chief diversions from the cares of the day in the meetings of the Onslow lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Since he has been of age to exercise the franchise right of a citizen of this nation, he has been unfailing in his support of the principles of the republican party, finding them in harmony with his own ideas for the government of the country. He has taken an active part in local affairs, for he is now serving his fourth term as a member of the board of trustees of his township and has also acted as clerk. He was appointed to the latter position to fill out the unexpired term of the previous incumbent of the office, and then was regularly elected, but as he was contemplating leaving the county he did not qualify. His election, however, was an indication of the high regard in which he is held by those who have come to know him.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p 289.
Submitted by: Hallie Hutton Martin


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