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Samuel T. Hutchison (1840-1914)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 4/2/2022 at 00:15:26

Samuel Thomas Hutchison
(September 16, 1840 May 15, 1914)

As long as memory lasts the people of this country will hold in grateful remembrance the soldiers of the Civil War who, at the sacrifice of personal interests and even of life, fought for the defense of the Union, thus maintaining the existence of the republic which has taken its place among the great powers of the world. Among the boys in blue was Samuel T. Hutchison, of Lake City an honored and esteemed resident of that place. He was born September 16, 1840, in Barnesville, Ohio. His father, Ebenezer E. Hutchison, was a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, born in March, 1813, and about 1834 he removed to Ohio, settling in Belmont County. He married Rhoda Campbell, a native of the Buckeye state, and devoted his energies to working as a mechanic and farmer. Mr. Hutchison maintained his residence in Ohio, passing away there a number of years ago.
Samuel T. Hutchison, of this review, obtained his early education in Fairview,
that state, and was living with his father when the south attempted to overthrow the Union by secession. Among the first to enlist, he responded to his country's call on the 29th of April, 1861, becoming a member of Company C, Twenty-fifth Ohio Infantry, under command of Captain Jerry Williams and Colonel J. A. Jones. The regiment was sent to Virginia and attached to General Rosecrans command. At the battle of Cheat Mountain Mr. Hutchison was wounded in the leg. He took part in the engagements at Green Brier, Camp Allegheny and at McDowell, Virginia, on the 8th of May, 1862, and at the last named place was again wounded. His injuries forced him to refrain from further fighting until the following August, when he returned to the Old Dominion. He was there attached to the Eleventh Corps of Seigel's command and took part in the second battle of Bull Run, in August, 1862, after which he was sent back to Washington on account of wounds which he sustained in that engagement. Later he took part in the memorable battle of Gettysburg, in the siege of Fort Wagner, in the battles of Honey Hill and Devereaux Neck, where he was shot through the breast, the bullet fracturing his ribs and breastbone. Thus he was disabled from further service, and after being in the hospital for a time was granted a leave of absence until March 30, 1865. He was in Annapolis, Maryland, at the close of the war, and after receiving an honorable discharged he returned to his home. He had enlisted as a private, was promoted to corporal, then to sergeant, then to acting sergeant major, orderly sergeant, and when discharged held a commission as first lieutenant of Company G, Twenty-fifth Ohio Infantry.
Returning to Masterton, Ohio, Mr. Hutchison engaged in teaching school for six months, but believing that he might better his financial condition in the west he came to Calhoun County, Iowa, in May, 1866, and for sixteen months was connected with educational work here. His fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, called him to public office in the fall of 1867 by electing him county treasurer, and in that capacity he served for four years, from 1868 until 1871. In 1873 he became county recorder and also filled that position for four years, while for one year he was county supervisor. In 1879 he was elected to represent his district, comprising Calhoun, Carroll and Greene counties, in the state legislature, and proved an able member of that body. To each question which came up for consideration he gave careful and earnest
thought, and supported with zeal and activity every movement which he believed would contribute to the general good. Since his retirement from the office he has given his attention to abstracting and real estate business, and later to banking.
On the 23d of November, 1869, Mr. Hutchison was united in marriage to Elizabeth S. Hold, a daughter of Lorenzo Dow and Susana (Houston) Hold, the former a native of Virginia, born near Lynchburg, while the latter was a native of Ohio. Mrs. Hutchison was also born in the Buckeye state, and by her marriage she has become the mother of ten children, seven living: Marion E. was born January 31, 1871, and is now county attorney; Viola A. was born August 14, 1872, and is the wife of R. G. Pinney, of Hallsville, Missouri; J. Fred was born October 1, 1874, and is assistant cashier of the First National Bank at Rockwell City; Jessie B. was born December 30, 1875, and is a graduate of Cornell University, while in Chicago University she has taken a post-graduate course, and is now the wife of W. C. Beer, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Walter E. was born May 17, 1877, and was a student in the Iowa State University, when he enlisted in Company A, Fifty-first Iowa Regiment, and was sent to the Philippines, where he died August 8, 1899, being buried in Lake City, September 15, following. He was with General Lawton on two of his raids, sailing from San Francisco on the 5th of December, 1898, and arriving at Manila Bay on the Pennsylvania in January. George G., born May 28, 1881, is a student in the Iowa State University. Lucy May and Lucian Edgar were twins, born December 12, 1879, and the former died at the age of ten years, while the latter died in infancy. Raymond, born August 10, 1884, and Corrine R., born May 29, 1890, are students in Lake City.
Mr. Hutchison is a prominent member of Lander Post, No. 157, G. A. R., and his wife has more than a state reputation in connection with the work of the Woman's Relief Corps. She belongs to the local organization in Lake City, which she joined on July 15, 1893. In December, 1893, she was elected president and held the office for two years, while again in 1897 she was chosen to that position. In 1S95 she was made department aide, and in 1896 national aide and chairman of the committee on patriotic instruction. In 1897 she was department inspector, and in June, 1891, she was elected department president for one year at the convention held in Waterloo, Iowa. Mrs. Hutchison is a member of the Baptist church and takes a very active interest in its work. Mr. Hutchison is a man of wide experience and broad mind, who has many friends all over the state, being one who is clearly entitled to be classed as one of nature's noblemen - a man whose strong individuality is the strength of integrity, virtue and deep human sympathy. [Source Biographical Record of Calhoun County, Iowa, by S. J. Clarke, 1902, p.282]


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