|James Elija Hutton
18 May 1862–31 May 1948
|James Elija Hutton was born near Monticello, Jones county, Iowa, May 18, 1862. He was the son of William Washington Hutton and Martha Jane Ennis Hutton. The Hutton family, who were of Scotch descent, and the Ennis family of Irish descent, moved from Ohio and Pennsylvania in a very early day. James E. Hutton and Martha Jane Ennis both moved to Iowa at this time with their parents.*
They came west in 1835, settling first near Dubuque. He is one of the oldest settlers of this county and was known by a very large circle of friends, which gathered at his funeral to pay their respects.
When Mr. Hutton was 17 years of age he moved from Iowa with his sister, Almira Hutton Newman to Sullivan county, Missouri. Here he spent two years. He then moved to Decatur county, Iowa, where he lived for two more years among the Mormons. He helped in the hauling of rocks for the construction of the Mormon temple.
Mr. Hutton then moved to Bennet, Nebraska, where he met Margaret Anna Livingston whom he had known in early childhood. On November 5, 1885, they were united in marriage at Lincoln, Nebraska. To this union were born three children, Elmer of Pueblo, Colorado; Mrs. Beulah Montgomery of Howard, and Daniel Harrison or "Harry" Hutton, who passed away in 1921. Mrs. Hutton preceded him in death August 14, 1939.
Mr. & Mrs. Hutton came to Kansas soon after their marriage and Mr. Hutton was employed in railroad construction, after which he went to work in the coal fields near Frouninac, Kansas. After five years in the coal mining industry he moved to a farm in the Frontinac community. He farmed in southwestern Kansas until 1896 when the family moved to Elk county and purchased a farm near Moline. In 1910 Mr. Hutton again went to the state of Nebraska where he worked on a 1000-acre stock ranch near Atkinson. In 1917 he returned to his farm in Elk county.
The Huttons moved to Howard, Kansas, February 28, 135. Mr. Hutton was received into the Howard Methodist church by Dr. T. R. Heath through confession of faith and baptism December 21, 1941. Being unable to come to the church he was baptised and received the vows in his home. He was also a member of the Grange lodge. Mr. Hutton was honest in his business dealings, clean in his habits of speech and expressed his faith in God and Christ long before he made his decision to unite with the church.
Mr. Hutton was very fond of playing games and enjoyed so much having his close friends and neighbors come and play croquet with him.
He is survived by two brothers, Chas. D. Hutton of Gentry, Arkansas and LeRoy W. Hutton of Benner, Nebraska; by a son, Elmer Hutton, of Pueblo, Colorado, and the daughter, Mrs. Beula Montgomery, of the home. He is also survived by four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and many friends. He departed this life Wednesday, March 31, 1948 at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 18 days.
Funeral services were held at the Moon Chapel in Howard at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3rd, conducted by Rev. P. L. Mitchell, pastor of the Howard Methodist church. The pall bearers were Walter Street, Frank Street, Dan Street, Fred Street, Jess Sallee and Carl Sallee. Burial was in Green Lawn Cemetery at Granola.
Submitted by: Hallie Hutton Martin
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